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Summary Data


Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade G   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul, (Sep-Oct).

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees and shrubs.

Regional breakdown:

 VC61VC62VC63VC64VC65
Year first recorded19491991184719641984
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records5418397913
Number of individuals7718359317
Unique positions3211284710
Unique locations3311274610
Adult records3314315310
Immature records2148253

For the county, we have a total of 203 records from 127 sites. First recorded in 1847.
 

Photos


2284 Grey Dagger 04 (gen. det. - male)
© Dave Williamson
2284 Grey Dagger 03 larvae
© Derek Parkinson
2284 Grey Dagger 02 larva
© Lee Wiseman, 4 Sep 2012
2284 Grey Dagger 01 larva
© Charlie Streets, Oct.12th 2010.

Species Account


Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and often common in vice-counties 62 to 64 but few records for VC61 or VC65. This species may be less common than it appears since the proportion of A. tridens Denis & Schiffermiiller is at present unknown in most areas.

2012 (CHF): This species is probably widespread and common across all five vice-counties but as most records are submitted as "Grey/Dark Dagger" it is difficult to be sure. See comments under Dark Dagger. Grey Dagger is by far the commoner of the two species, especially on the higher ground.
 

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