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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 17-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883184618831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records205211456701683409
Number of individuals2286188010785211814
Unique positions12512812921447
Unique locations12512513021643
Adult records201711196161624399
Immature records00002

For the county, we have a total of 5959 records from 639 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.017 Plain Golden Y 04
© Nancy Stedman
73.017 Plain Golden Y 03
© Andy Nunn
73.017 Plain Golden Y 02
© Damian Money
73.017 Plain Golden Y 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Generally frequent and recorded over all five vice-counties. Most frequent in the south where it has been reported as more common than A. pulchrina (Haworth) in one area of VC63. In east VC61 it occurs in about equal numbers to that species. Elsewhere pulchrina seems to be the more common, although how much more varies from place to place.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across all five vice-counties. More common than Beautiful Golden Y in VC61 but less common in VC63 and 64. It flies about two weeks later.

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