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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: -

Forewing: -

Foodplant: -

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded188318601962
Year last recorded201118601974
Number of records513
Number of individuals302
Unique positions413
Unique locations413
Adult records512
Immature records000

For the county, we have a total of 9 records from 8 sites. First recorded in 1860.


73.308 Portland Moth 02
© Barry Spence, 15 Aug 2011
73.308 Portland Moth 01
© John William Cooper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A rare moth in Yorkshire, the only recent records being from Spurn (VC61) and South Elmsall (VC63). There have been no other records since one was found at Skipwith (VC61) on 14.9.1955 (SMJ) and one near Doncaster (VC63) in 1962 (GEH per PS).

Current status (CHF, 2011): Last recorded in 1976. With scattered coastal populations all around Britain, we seem to have lost this as a breeding species. It may reappear as an immigrant.

2012 (CHF): One did indeed appear as an immigrant - at Spurn on 15.8.2011.

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