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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 10-13mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Crab Apple.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19261930188318831883
Year last recorded20152014201420142015
Number of records3615809620788308
Number of individuals608110677541231445
Unique positions14710411011927
Unique locations14810610912226
Adult records3582785558743304
Immature records12101

For the county, we have a total of 6140 records from 511 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Well distributed over all five vice-counties but varies greatly in density. For instance, there are only a few Wharfedale (VC64) records but at Baldersby St James (VC65) it is common. The larvae feed on hawthorn in hedgerows.

2012 (CHF): Widespread in good numbers all across the county. The population appears stable.

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