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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Nov.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Sage, Viper;s-bugloss, chrysanthemums, Celery etc.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1992200920002007
Year last recorded2010201120002011
Number of records12322
Number of individuals12322
Unique positions6311
Unique locations7311
Adult records12322
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 19 records from 12 sites. First recorded in 1992.


73.008 Golden Twin-spot 02
© Barry Spence, 26 Jul 2005
73.008 Golden Twin-spot 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Spurn, 20.9.1992 (BRS). NEW COUNTY RECORD.
VC63. Ripponden, 10.9.2000 (ME). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 54, 2007: A totally unexpected migrant and the first record of this species away from VC61.
VC64. Bellflask, 3.11.2007 (BM). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 58, 2009: An unusual migrant with occasional scattered records across the county.
VC62. Marske Beach, 4.2.2008 (DM). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): There have been increasing records of this migrant in the last few years, many of them inland. Sometimes it can be imported as a larva or pupa on flowers and some records may have come into the county this way.

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