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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 16-21mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831953188318831977
Year last recorded19961982201219701977
Number of records5821891
Number of individuals711115
Unique positions821471
Unique locations1121561
Adult records5711341
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 88 records from 35 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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© Dave Williamson, 27 May 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A very local species in northern England. The Yorkshire headquarters of this species is at Spurn (VC61) but there are occasional inland reports.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Spurn, 1990, none since (BRS); Withernsea, 19.6.1996 (M-CF).

Current status (CHF, 2011): Last record 1996; regular at Spurn in the 1970s and 80s and occasional at other sites, this species now seems to be extinct in the county. Populations further south are doing well and it might yet reappear.

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