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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Cleavers and Bedstraws

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19191930184618861961
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records1015361898722130
Number of individuals12995341099881145
Unique positions17213326519133
Unique locations15812525119330
Adult records965326828680125
Immature records12000

For the county, we have a total of 3126 records from 757 sites. First recorded in 1846.


70.059 Yellow Shell 06
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
70.059 Yellow Shell 05
© Andy Nunn
70.059 Yellow Shell 04
© Derek Parkinson
70.059 Yellow Shell 03
© Paul Kipling, 28 May 2011
70.059 Yellow Shell 02
© Dave Williamson
70.059 Yellow Shell 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from a wide range of habitats in all five vice-counties but seems to prefer rough grassy areas, such as on the Wolds and at the coast in VC61. It is frequently flushed from cover during the day but most Yorkshire records suggest that it is only weakly attracted to MV light or sugar and thus is not often trapped.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county and often disturbed in the daytime. Numbers are stable.

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