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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Fairly common and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Many strandline plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1874
Year last recorded2014
Number of records2295
Number of individuals10750
Unique positions23
Unique locations26
Adult records2294
Immature records1

For the county, we have a total of 2295 records from 26 sites. First recorded in 1874.


73.323 Sand Dart 03
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73.323 Sand Dart 02
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73.323 Sand Dart 01
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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species is restricted to coastal sand hills in Britain, so it is not surprising that it is found at Spurn (VC61). Recent records suggest it is still flourishing at this site.

2012 (CHF): Numbers have dropped a little at its only Yorkshire site at Spurn, but we still get over 100 records in a year.

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