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: One generation, May-Jun.
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees.
|Year first recorded||1883||1807||1874||1858||1943|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||82||65||64||189||30|
|Number of individuals||54||71||39||226||50|
For the county, we have a total of 430 records from 211 sites. First recorded in 1807.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Rather more local than either A. megacephala (Denis & Schiffermiiller) or A. leporina (Linnaeus). However, it is the only one of these recorded in VC65, albeit in the very south. (Note, however, that although Dunn and Parrack (1986) list the two aforementioned species for Northumberland and Durham, the present species has never been recorded in either county). Characteristically recorded once or twice a year over a period of several years, but nowhere reported to be common.
Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. High Batts, 16.6.1984 (SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
2012 (CHF): Widespread in the county in small numbers but rather local - mostly in broad-leaved woodland, not just amongst alders. Numbers are fairly stable and we normally receive 20 - 30 records per year.