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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jan-Mar.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041904184618831880
Year last recorded20142015201420142012
Number of records447417211525
Number of individuals499326817926
Unique positions242957485
Unique locations232956515
Adult records396716010124
Immature records10100

For the county, we have a total of 430 records from 164 sites. First recorded in 1846.


70.253 Spring Usher 07
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70.253 Spring Usher 06
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70.253 Spring Usher 04
© Andy Nunn
70.253 Spring Usher 05 female
© Andrew Cockroft
70.253 Spring Usher 03
© Jill Warwick, Feb 2011
70.253 Spring Usher 02
© Damian Money
70.253 Spring Usher 01
© Terry Box, 16 Feb 2012

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Appears rather local in Yorkshire, but may well be under-recorded because few people are out trapping in oak woodland so early in the season.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers (CHF), annually since. NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): There have been increased numbers of records in recent years but this is probably due to some warm early springs tempting recorders to trap in oak woodland early in the year. Probably widespread in suitable habitat across the county.

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