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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Jun. and Sep., hibernates through to May.

Forewing: 8-11mm.

Foodplant: Large range of plants, including Restharrow, Cranesbills, and cultivated Geranium spp., Goosefoot, Heathers spp. and Mint.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041859188320071883
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records151683312365
Number of individuals157844493784
Unique positions252231322
Unique locations262132302
Adult records149663282314
Immature records00110

For the county, we have a total of 791 records from 111 sites. First recorded in 1859.


45.010 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 04
© Terry Box
45.010 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 03 pupa
© Derek Parkinson
45.010 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 02
© Derek Parkinson
45.010 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 01
© Dave Williamson 18th Aug 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989:Thinly distributed across the County but there is no record from VC64, seldom reported to be common.

Argus 54, 2007: This moth has been recorded more frequently in recent years.
VC64. Baildon, 27.3 & 5.5.2007 (DP); Ripon, 18.8.2007 (D&DB); Burley-in-Wharfedale, 25.8.2007 (FD). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 58, 2009: This moth has been recorded much more frequently in recent years but this is only the second VC65 record, the last being in the nineteenth century.
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 13.7.2009 (CHF).


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