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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jun, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 16-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plant roots. Turnip, Carrot, Beet etc.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18751953194018861975
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records2464530498833330
Number of individuals24876135641804462
Unique positions1055810410720
Unique locations1115510211018
Adult records2427516456782327
Immature records40200

For the county, we have a total of 4655 records from 396 sites. First recorded in 1875.


73.319 Turnip Moth 04
© Tony Moverley, 16 Jun 2015
73.319 Turnip Moth 03
© Andy Nunn
73.319 Turnip Moth 02
© Paul Kipling, 6 Oct 2009
73.319 Turnip Moth 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and frequent throughout vice-counties 61 to 64, but sparse in VC65. This moth is most common in or near lowland agricultural areas as would be expected of a potential crop pest. Our records do not suggest that it occurs in pest proportions in Yorkshire.

2012 (CHF): Widespread and common in lowland Yorkshire. Populations have recovered following a crash in 2008/9. Numbers, particularly of the second generation, may be reinforced by immigration. This was particularly noticeable in the migrant autumn of 2006.

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