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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Oct-mid Nov.

Forewing: 20-24mm.

Foodplant: Leaves of deciduous trees.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20132014201420142014
Number of records607427202138
Number of individuals2777191407256
Unique positions1218102916
Unique locations1018102916
Adult records576723195134
Immature records13220

For the county, we have a total of 501 records from 83 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.065 Sprawler 05
© Andy Nunn
73.065 Sprawler 04
© Dave Shenton
73.065 Sprawler 03 head on
© Jill Warwick
73.065 Sprawler 02
© Jill Warwick, 22 Oct 2010
73.065 Sprawler 01
© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Now quite frequently recorded from the north of VC64 and the south of the North York Moors (VC62), but still distinctly uncommon in the other three vice-counties. The most recent record for VC63 given in the last list (YNU, 1970) was incorrect in that Stutton is in VC64.

2012 (CHF): Numbers have increased a little since 2000. Still very local in VC63 where all recent records are from Kirk Smeaton. Most often recorded from the centre of the county and it can be locally quite common eg 25 at Bellflask on 23.10.2011. It is difficult to be certain of trends of such late-flying species as a minority of people trap at the end of the year.

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