Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Clovers, Trefoil, Black Medick and Lucerne other grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883184618831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records18767124718
Number of individuals2688310911410
Unique positions455088477
Unique locations454587487
Adult records1775799627
Immature records10000

For the county, we have a total of 457 records from 232 sites. First recorded in 1846.


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72.084 Mother Shipton 06
© Damian Money
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© Damian Money
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© Dave Shenton
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© Andy Nunn
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© Ian Andrews
72.084 Mother Shipton 02
© Charles Fletcher, 14 Jun 2003

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Found in scattered localities in the east of the County, favouring habitats such as railway embankments and rough grassland. It is also now becoming more widespread in the centre of Yorkshire.

2012 (CHF): Day-flying in open grassy places. Quite local in the county with very few records in VC65. We normally receive 10 - 20 records per year.

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