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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jul.

Forewing: 7mm.

Foodplant: Bilberry and Bog Bilberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883188318831883
Year last recorded2014201420142011
Number of records17132811
Number of individuals156274939
Unique positions1111218
Unique locations1111207
Adult records16102410
Immature records0100

For the county, we have a total of 69 records from 49 sites. First recorded in 1883.


1128 Ancylis myrtillana 04 larva in September
© Derek Parkinson
1128 Ancylis myrtillana 03
© Derek Parkinson
1128 Ancylis myrtillana 02
© Terry Box, 28 May 2012
1128 Ancylis myrtillana 01
© Charlie Streets, May 27th 2010.

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and locally abundant in moorland localities among bilberry in vice-counties 62 to 65. On the Sheffield moors a dark form occurs frequently which has the forewing markings obsolescent (HEB), there is no mention of this form in the literature.

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