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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Not well known in the wild, docks and sorrels.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19401939184618861904
Year last recorded20132014201420142014
Number of records6615030148772
Number of individuals7311231471471
Unique positions31617613230
Unique locations32597914130
Adult records5412925846364
Immature records00210

For the county, we have a total of 1076 records from 341 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.228 Grey Chi 05
© Nancy Stedman
73.228 Grey Chi 04 f. olivacea
© Nancy Stedman
73.228 Grey Chi 03
© Tony Moverley, 19 Aug 2015
73.228 Grey Chi 02
© Paul Kipling, 20 Aug 2010
73.228 Grey Chi 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Fairly well scattered over the County but most frequent on higher ground. Recorded from all five vice-counties. The dark ab. olivacea (Stephens) is also recorded.

2012 (CHF): This is a moth of upland grassland but does occur in some lowland areas. Numbers have gradually reduced in recent years, particularly in the lowlands, and it has become rare in the south and east of VC63. It is rarely recorded in any more than ones and twos at light. This may be another example of a species retreating to the uplands because of climatic change.

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