Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records135410009752585470
Number of individuals11221725181792391132
Unique positions10815816128557
Unique locations10815716628355
Adult records13189738962475454
Immature records21003

For the county, we have a total of 6384 records from 769 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.016 Beautiful Golden Y 05
© Nancy Stedman, 2016
73.016 Beautiful Golden Y 04
© Andy Nunn
73.016 Beautiful Golden Y 02
© Damian Money
73.016 Beautiful Golden Y 03
© Paul Kipling, 26 Jun 2012
73.016 Beautiful Golden Y 01
© Terry Box, 25 May 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded and often common in all five vice-counties, emerging slightly earlier than A. jota Linnaeus.

2012 (CHF): Widespread and common across all five vice-counties with no recent changes in abundance.

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