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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Wood Small-reed.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1980196819991968
Year last recorded2009201120122014
Number of records27435
Number of individuals18343
Unique positions12434
Unique locations11434
Adult records24432
Immature records2000

For the county, we have a total of 39 records from 22 sites. First recorded in 1968.


73.145 Mere Wainscot 05
© Terry Box, 21 Jul 2018
73.145 Mere Wainscot 06
© Andy Nunn
73.145 Mere Wainscot 04
© Terry Box, 12 Jul 2017
73.145 Mere Wainscot 03
© Terry Box, 30 Jul 2016
73.145 Mere Wainscot 02
© Terry Box, 10 Jul 2011
73.145 Mere Wainscot 01
© Terry Box, 10 Jul 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: First found in Yorkshire by Dr S.L. Sutton at Pilmoor (VC62) and Aberford (VC64) in 1968 (Jackson,1969), there are now three more recent records for this species.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC63. Maltby Far Common, 2.8.1999 (HEB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): The range of this species is restricted by its foodplant, Wood Small-reed, though the plant seems to be doing well and expanding a little. Our Yorkshire records are the most northerly in the country. Very local in the county with most records coming from the Allerthorpe and Pilmoor areas. The RIS trap at Tadcaster used to report it regularly in the 1990s. Wandering individuals sometimes turn up at Spurn. This species should be looked for in old damp woodland in the centre of the county as more colonies may exist undetected.

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