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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Many low growing plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831857188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records5604139517983140686
Number of individuals1810038944456134083999
Unique positions15110019323037
Unique locations1579818424035
Adult records5567137317272959682
Immature records30010

For the county, we have a total of 12623 records from 714 sites. First recorded in 1857.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species may have increased slightly over the past few years. Now reported as frequent or common from scattered sites in lowland areas over all five vice-counties. In at least one area it was commented that it had not been recorded prior to 1984 and other sources have suggested it has slowly moved north.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread all over the county including some upland areas and numbers are stable. Since 2002 there has been a small but regular second brood in most years.

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