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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: M 12-15mm. F 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Common and Sheeps Sorrel.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041900188218831947
Year last recorded20132006201419872014
Number of records1116331919
Number of individuals4153142
Unique positions91223157
Unique locations81125157
Adult records98271118
Immature records00100

For the county, we have a total of 98 records from 66 sites. First recorded in 1882.


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© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are now records from all five vice-counties. Although widespread it is certainly not common and there are fewer localities than on the last list (YNU, 1970).

2012 (CHF): There are recent records from VCs 61, 2, 3 and 5 though it has not been seen in VC64 since 1987. Colonies are widely scattered and small numbers are reported, though 14 were seen at a site in VC63 in 2011. A colony in VC65 also has Cistus Forester close to the site and great care must be taken to separate these two species where they both occur.

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