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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 10-14mm.

Foodplant: Common Cottongrass.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20112013201420142014
Number of records9177015921
Number of individuals315118220140
Unique positions812455315
Unique locations911435715
Adult records7165314919
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 276 records from 135 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.118 Haworth's Minor 04
© Dave Williamson
73.118 Haworth's Minor 03
© Dave Williamson
73.118 Haworth's Minor 02
© Mike Pearson, 24 Aug 2011
73.118 Haworth's Minor 01
© Terry Box, 1 Oct 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Locally common on moorland and lowland heaths, straying occasionally well outside these limits.

2012 (CHF): This is a moth of wet acid uplands where cotton-grass grows. It is not uncommon here though little light trapping takes place in these areas so the moth is under-recorded. It can sometimes be seen in large numbers on flowerheads. There have been no records from our lowland heaths for several years. Occasionally it turns up in the lowlands far from suitable habitat for example Spurn in 2009 and North Ferriby in 2011. It is not obvious where these moths have come from or what the larvae fed upon.

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