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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Late Mar-Apr.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Sallow and various herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1901184618831984
Year last recorded2013188320142015
Number of records99215555
Number of individuals25601622191
Unique positions182176
Unique locations192165
Adult records98214855
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 311 records from 42 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.337 White-marked 02
© Charles Fletcher, 28 Mar 2002
73.337 White-marked 01
© Charles Fletcher, 21 Apr 2006

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Still present at its best known Yorkshire locality, Bishop Wood (VC64). This species has now also been recorded from areas in the North York Moors and the north-east of VC64. These records are the furthest north in the east of the country in recent times, the species extending into Cumbria in the west (Skinner, 1984).

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. High Batts, 12.4.1984 (SPW); 12.4.2003 (CHF, JCW); Hutton Conyers, 22.4.2002, 13.4.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Rather local in the county. Around Ripon it can be quite common in spring eg 77 at Bellflask on 2.4.2011 and there are good populations in several parts of VC62. Nationally this is not a common moth and it is absent from Lancashire and the counties to our north. There is no VC61 record.

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