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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 9-12mm.

Foodplant: Grasses in damp areas such as Cotton-sedge and Tufted Hair-grass.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19901997188319932001
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records10615140554
Number of individuals12712161604
Unique positions341239132
Unique locations301039132
Adult records10615137554
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 320 records from 94 sites. First recorded in 1883.


63.099 Catoptria pinella 03
© Andy Nunn
63.099 Catoptria pinella 01
© Ian Andrews
63.099 Catoptria pinella 02
© Charles Fletcher, 28 Jun 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded thinly in vice-counties 61 to 62 and from VC63 where it is widespread and sometimes common.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC64. Drax, 21.7.1995 (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 47, 2004:
VC65. Nosterfield NR, 28.7.2001 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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