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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Fairly common but very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Lyme-grass.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18751904
Year last recorded20142014
Number of records227234
Number of individuals4744163
Unique positions3119
Unique locations3316
Adult records227134
Immature records00

For the county, we have a total of 2306 records from 49 sites. First recorded in 1875.


73.138 Lyme Grass 01
© Robert Woods

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a local coastal species in Britain, and until mid 1988 its only known Yorkshire localities were along the Holderness coast in VC61. It is likely to be present in this area wherever the foodplant grows (PQW pers. comm.) and another site has now been discovered in the north of the County by M. R. Britton.

2012 (CHF): This is a local species of the east coast of Britain. Porritt described it as common at Spurn and also noticed it from Teesside. It is still regular in both areas. Numbers at Teesside tend to vary and it can be quite common some years (eg 40 on 17/6/2006) and absent in other years. Still fairly common at Spurn though there was a major crash in 2007 but a recovery since. There are occasional records of moths between these two areas.

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