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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, Feb-Mar.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1904188318831883
Year last recorded1991200919041998
Number of records36612
Number of individuals2507
Unique positions3458
Unique locations3457
Adult records25610
Immature records1100

For the county, we have a total of 27 records from 19 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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© Phil Lee

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This scarce species is only sporadically found as far north as Yorkshire. There is only one confirmed recent record near Elvington (SMJ), and not recorded at Bishop Wood since the late 1960s.

2012 (CHF): This is not a common moth in the north of England and is rarely reported in Yorkshire. Most recent records come from oak-rich woodland in the centre of the county. It might not be quite as scarce as these few records suggest as it flies very early in the year.

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