Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Oct.

Forewing: 12-16mm.

Foodplant: Docks, Dandelion other Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18711953191119841999
Year last recorded20152014201420142015
Number of records7767173423182442726
Number of individuals220483444490866852166
Unique positions1369313512334
Unique locations1399513612730
Adult records7745171022462271726
Immature records171100

For the county, we have a total of 14987 records from 527 sites. First recorded in 1871.


73.325 Shuttle-shaped Dart 06
© Andy Nunn
73.325 Shuttle-shaped Dart 05
© Andy Nunn
73.325 Shuttle-shaped Dart 04
© Andy Nunn
73.325 Shuttle-shaped Dart 02
© Paul Kipling, 18 May 2012
73.325 Shuttle-shaped Dart 03
© Paul Kipling, 20 Aug 2010
73.325 Shuttle-shaped Dart 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are rather more records than in the 1970 list and these continue to be widely scattered. Now also recorded from vice-counties 62 and 64.

2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county but uncommon in the north west. Two large broods and the suggestion of a third with many more October records in recent years. Doing well and numbers are increasing.

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