Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 20-25mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records34834473718101
Number of individuals2914681291249184
Unique positions511014115125
Unique locations52994215122
Adult records3443327170399
Immature records00001

For the county, we have a total of 1584 records from 366 sites. First recorded in 1880.


73.352 Green Arches 06
© David Ashton
73.352 Green Arches 05
© Damian Money
73.352 Green Arches 04
© Andy Nunn
73.352 Green Arches 03
© Jill Warwick, Jun 2010
73.352 Green Arches 02
© Alan Draper
73.352 Green Arches 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A rather local species in Yorkshire, but more widely recorded in the last few years than for several years previously. The Malham (VC64) and North York Moors (VC62) records suggest this is a relatively common moth on higher ground where woodland occurs. However, there is no VC65 record and no recent one from VC63.

Beaumont, 2002: Although recorded commonly from the North York Moors this moth is less frequent elsewhere. No recent record was available from VC63 in 1989.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. High Batts, 16.6.1984 (SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Fairly widespread with the biggest numbers in wooded areas of the north and the west of the county. Less common in the south and east.

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