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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 18-22mm.

Foodplant: Wych Elm, English Elm and Japanese Golden Elm.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883184618831883
Year last recorded20142014201320141984
Number of records1412066525
Number of individuals711650744
Unique positions144446364
Unique locations134248294
Adult records1111736344
Immature records00010

For the county, we have a total of 257 records from 136 sites. First recorded in 1846.


70.206 Clouded Magpie 05
© Terry Box, 1 Jun 2017
70.206 Clouded Magpie 04
© Damian Money
70.206 Clouded Magpie 03
© Barry Spence, 23 Jul 2007
70.206 Clouded Magpie 02
© Damian Money
70.206 Clouded Magpie 01
© Terry Box, 25 May 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species has declined in numbers since the spread of Dutch elm disease but its distribution has not changed a great deal since 1970. It is still widely distributed and fairly frequently found in hillside and valley woods with wych elm in vice-counties 62 to 64. However, there are only single records from VC61 (Flamborough, 23.6.1974, SCM) and south VC65 (Tanfield, Flint, 1972a). It has been suggested it may be able to feed on beech or hazel as an alternative to elm (AMRH pers. comm.).

Current status (CHF, 2011): Thinly spread and in a slow decline. Most recent records are from VC62. Few recent records in the south of the county.

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