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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 10-14mm.

Foodplant: Holly, Ivy, Privet, Dogwood and Hawthorn.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291883197618911883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records2336714317350
Number of individuals2457216318551
Unique positions4129555912
Unique locations4231546112
Adult records2326614016350
Immature records00100

For the county, we have a total of 666 records from 200 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.200 Yellow-barred Brindle 05
© Andy Nunn
70.200 Yellow-barred Brindle 04
© Damian Money
70.200 Yellow-barred Brindle 03
© Paul Kipling, 1 Apr 2011
70.200 Yellow-barred Brindle 02
© Dave Williamson
70.200 Yellow-barred Brindle 01
© Terry Box, 13 Aug 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There have been a few scattered records of this species since 1978, the first since the late 1920s. Its foodplants are found over much of the County so why it should have been absent or unrecorded for so long is unclear.

Beaumont, 2002: There has been a marked increase in records of this moth and it is now recorded widely and sometimes fairly commonly across the County.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, four 29.4-21.5.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Records have continue to increase and this is now not an uncommon moth with records spread widely across all five vice-counties in two broods - the second being larger. The green markings fade quite quickly to yellow.

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