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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 18-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19121857190218421973
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records9018814570494
Number of individuals621571511287138
Unique positions30825114931
Unique locations31855116231
Adult records8717513167890
Immature records00010

For the county, we have a total of 1221 records from 360 sites. First recorded in 1842.


73.018 Gold Spangle 03
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73.018 Gold Spangle 02
© Damian Money
73.018 Gold Spangle 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and sometimes locally fairly common. Some of the specimens recorded on the VC61 coast may be immigrants or it may be expanding its range in Yorkshire. This fine moth is a distinctive feature of the northern fauna and until recently was almost unknown in southern England.

2012 (CHF): Not uncommon on the higher ground though numbers may have fallen a little recently especially in the south and east of its range.

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