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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Late May-early Aug.

Forewing: M 10-12mm. F 9-10mm.

Foodplant: Common Rock-rose

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18641969188319151883
Year last recorded19852013188320142011
Number of records32121135
Number of individuals018405153
Unique positions3112595
Unique locations392405
Adult records32021105
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 144 records from 59 sites. First recorded in 1864.


0164 Cistus Forester 03
© Lee Wiseman
0164 Cistus Forester 02
© Jill Warwick
0164 Cistus Forester 01
© Charles Fletcher,

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a very rare species in Britain, having declined in many areas, especially in the south of England. Recent Yorkshire records are from vice-counties 61, 62 an 64, and there are no signs of any change in status since the 1970 list. The species requires rock rose in chalk or limestone areas and it is the demise of suitable habitat which has caused its decline elsewhere in the country.

2012 (CHF): Doing well at many sites in the Dales. Not recorded recently from some of its previous haunts in VC62 though one site held 150 in 2009. Not seen in VC61 since 1985.

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