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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: RDB3

Local Status: Very rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, late May-June and late July-August

Forewing: 14-15mm

Foodplant: Purple Toadflax and other Toadflax species

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2007
Year last recorded2007
Number of records1
Number of individuals1
Unique positions1
Unique locations1
Adult records1
Immature records0

For the county, we have a total of 1 records from 1 sites. First recorded in 2007.


73.059 Toadflax Brocade 02
© Barry Spence, 25 Apr 2007
73.059 Toadflax Brocade 01
© John William Cooper

Species Account

Argus 54, 2007: Originally an immigrant, this moth is now resident in the south-east of England and is slowly spreading along the coast with some inland records. There have been records in East Anglia in recent years, and it has now reached Yorkshire.
VC61. Spurn, 25.4.2007 (BRS). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): The first county record was taken at light at Spurn on 25.4.2007. This species has been breeding in the south-east since the 1950s and is expanding its range, but this record is still well to the north of any others. We are likely to see more of this moth in future years as the population continues to spread.

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