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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce A

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid Mar-Apr, (said to emerge in Autumn and overwinter).

Forewing: 10mm.

Foodplant: Conifers including Norway Spruce.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2005
Year last recorded2010
Number of records3
Number of individuals5
Unique positions1
Unique locations1
Adult records3
Immature records0

For the county, we have a total of 3 records from 1 sites. First recorded in 2005.


49.067 Acleris abietana 01
© Charles Fletcher, 24 Apr 2009

Species Account

Similar species: The extremely variable 1053 Acleris hastiana.

Argus 50, 2005: This moth has spread southwards into the county, it was first recorded in Britain in Perthshire in 1967, reaching Northumberland in 1986 and Co. Durham the following year.
VC64. Ellington Banks MoD, two 25.3.2005, conf. HEB (CHF). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): First recorded in Britain from Scotland in 1965. This was an unexpected addition to the county list from Ellington Banks MoD (VC64) in 2005 with further records there in 2009 and 2010, indicating that it is resident, it would be worth looking for it in suitable habitats in VC65.

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