Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Oct, hibernates through to following Spring.

Forewing: 8-11mm.

Foodplant: Thistles, Knapweeds and Burdock.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041859188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records572181166127111
Number of individuals633218189224125
Unique positions5247564112
Unique locations5447524112
Adult records570178163111110
Immature records00100

For the county, we have a total of 1157 records from 206 sites. First recorded in 1859.


32.017 Agonopterix arenella 04
© Dave Williamson
32.017 Agonopterix arenella 03
© Andy Nunn
32.017 Agonopterix arenella 02
© Dave Shenton
32.017 Agonopterix arenella 01
© Charles Fletcher, 3 Aug 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded and often common throughout all five vice-counties.

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