Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 17-19mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records290996512801588350
Number of individuals8502173325094866860
Unique positions12010114821943
Unique locations1229614822938
Adult records287995012001496343
Immature records40000

For the county, we have a total of 7092 records from 633 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.145 Dusky Brocade 02
© Andy Nunn
73.145 Dusky Brocade 01
© Alan Miller

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and generally common in all five vice-counties, although noted as becoming scarce at Skipwith (VC61) in the 1970s (SMJ). This species is very variable which makes it very difficult to pick out odd specimens of A. furva (Denis & Schifferrnuller).

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county in good numbers and in various forms. The largest numbers are usually from the Spurn area eg 124 on 6.7.1987.

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