Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Aug, Sep.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18791953184619401969
Year last recorded20152014201420142015
Number of records120245042531674571164
Number of individuals665195185928878916677318
Unique positions20119225528753
Unique locations19717925729448
Adult records119394957515770731156
Immature records162011

For the county, we have a total of 31003 records from 975 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.317 Heart and Dart 05 Head Transverse band
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73.317 Heart and Dart 04 Top
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73.317 Heart and Dart 03
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73.317 Heart and Dart 02
© Paul Kipling, 8 Jun 2010
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© Graham Feathestone

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Very common and widely distributed throughout all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county with an increase of numbers in recent years. Sometimes large numbers are trapped eg 668 at Haxby on 21.7.1996. Small numbers of a second generation have been noted more often in the last ten years.

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