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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Very rare and very local. No recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Lichens.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883188318831883
Year last recorded1883190418831883
Number of records1411
Number of individuals0000
Unique positions1411
Unique locations1411
Adult records1411
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 7 records from 7 sites. First recorded in 1883.


1945 Brussels Lace 01
© Jim Morgan

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Last recorded in the early part of the century by G.B. Walsh in Raincliffe Wood near Scarborough (VC62). This species was scarce, but widespread over much of VC62 in Porritt's day (1883-86, 1904). Other localities included Flamborough (VC61) and Askham Bog (VC64). Like the last species there is also a specimen labelled 'Sheffield' in the Sheldon collection (Garland, 1979).

Current status (CHF, 2011): The last in 1900 - a strong contender for a 'first since Porritt'. Like many lichen-feeding species, this moth is doing well in the south-west and there are small populations not far from our western boundaries.

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