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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid Jun-mid Aug.

Forewing: 3-5mm.

Foodplant: Fungus on decaying wood.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19921993198519972003
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records8561134214
Number of individuals10141394616
Unique positions26530153
Unique locations25528143
Adult records8561133914
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 260 records from 75 sites. First recorded in 1985.


0640 Batia lunaris 03
© Andy Nunn
0640 Batia lunaris 02
© Charles Fletcher 16 Jul 2012
0640 Batia lunaris 01
© Ian Marshall, 11 July 2011

Species Account

Beaumont, 2002: This moth has become well established and quite widespread since the first County record in 1985, in 1989 all records were from vice-county 63.

VC61. Bubwith, 18.7.1992 det. HEB (GBS); Skipwith Common, three 17.7.1993 (HEB); Cottingham, 14.7.1994, 12.7.1995 (PAC); Thornton Ellers, 12.7.1997; Wheldrake Wood, 16.7.1997 det. HEB (ASE). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC62. Strenshall Common, 21.7.1993; Burnsholme, Yprk, 19.7.2000 (MRB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. Bishop Wood, quite common 23.7.1998 (ASE); Drax, 20.7.2000 (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 3.7.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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