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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Mosses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19891979199419062000
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records1463150326290341
Number of individuals2697266516511919
Unique positions7938425920
Unique locations7938405719
Adult records1463150326281341
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 2570 records from 233 sites. First recorded in 1906.


1316 Catoptria falsella 03
© Terry Box, 6 Aug 2016
1316 Catoptria falsella 02
© Andy Nunn
1316 Catoptria falsella 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Local in the northern half of the County.

Beaumont, 2002: This moth has become much more common and widespread during the past twelve years and is now recorded throughout the County.
VC61. Spurn, 6.8.1989, two 3.8.1990, 6 & 28.7.1997 (BRS); Holme-on-Spalding Moor, 24.7.1991 (EDC); South Cave, 7.7.1992 det. HEB, three, 3.7-17.8.1993 (DBC); Bubwith, 24.7.1992 (GBS); Cottingham, 1.8.1992, 21.7.1993 (PAC); Skipwith Common, 17.7.1993 (HEB, GB); Bridlington, 24.7.1993 (ASE); Lower Derwent Valley NNR, July 1996 (CR); Muston, 28.7.1996 (HEB, PQW); Rudston, 8.8.1996, 3 & 4.8.1997 (ASE). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

VC63. Rossington, four 2-21.8.1994, four 9.7-8.8.1998, annually thereafter (RIH); Falthwaite, Hood Green, 16.8.1997 (JDHB); Wintersett Country Park, 30.8.1998 (PSm, PM et. al.); West Melton, 17.7.1999, 11.8.2000 (HEB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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