Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Sedges and other grasses.
|Year first recorded||1883||1857||1883||1883||1880|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||1031||223||98||1024||90|
|Number of individuals||2064||330||95||2852||402|
For the county, we have a total of 2466 records from 347 sites. First recorded in 1857.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Only recorded from odd sites in all five vice-counties but fairly common where it does occur. Known as a species of grassy uplands (SLS pers. comm.), it seems to be absent or rare on some moorland sites where it would be expected to occur, such as the Sheffield Moors (Garland, 1979) and Wharfedale area (WNS). Map 120 in MBGBI 10 also shows it to be absent from all but the south of the North York Moors, however we do have records scattered over much of this area.
2012 (CHF): Still quite widespread across the county but a little local in places and not at all common in VC63. Most common at Spurn and in scattered damp upland areas. The 1989 comments are still mainly true and although there are now several records from Wharfedale, it is still rare on the Sheffield moors.