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National Status: RDB3

Local Status: Very rare and very local. No recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

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Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1855
Year last recorded1855
Number of records1
Number of individuals1
Unique positions1
Unique locations1
Adult records1
Immature records0

For the county, we have a total of 1 records from 1 sites. First recorded in 1855.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded since Porritt (1883-86). He had only one record, from Compton's Wood, near York (VC62) in 1855. It is still found in Lincolnshire at several sites including Gibraltar Point (Duddington & Johnson, 1983), a very similar habitat to Spurn (VC61).

2012 (CHF): The Yorkshire record is described in Entomologists Annual 1855 under "New British Species since 1835 as follows. "Hydrilla palustris, Hubner; a specimen taken near York is in the collection of Mr Allis. Apparently a scarce continental species" so this was evidently the first for Britain taken sometime between 1835 and 1855. Stainton in 1857 says "one specimen at Compton's wood near York, flying over grass in a damp place". The location of Compton's wood is unknown but is said to have been four miles from York. Morris in 1871 describes the moth as being found at "Crompton's Coppice". There were subsequently other old records from scattered parts of the country, particularly in the Fens, but now it is only known from two sites on the Lincolnshire coast.

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