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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 or two generations, May-Aug.

Forewing: 11-14mm.

Foodplant: Eared Willow, Creeping Willow.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded194018831883
Year last recorded200720051984
Number of records10152
Number of individuals170
Unique positions5102
Unique locations472
Adult records272
Immature records760

For the county, we have a total of 27 records from 13 sites. First recorded in 1883.


71.028 Small Chocolate-tip 03 larva
© Andy Nunn
71.028 Small Chocolate-tip 02
© Ian Marshall, 18 Jul 2018
71.028 Small Chocolate-tip 01
© Alan Miller, Jul 2012

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are three recent records for this species. Two of these are from its established sites at Allerthorpe and Strensall but one is a new site for this species in Yorkshire.

Beaumont, 2002: VC61. Allerthorpe Common, 14.8.1996 (ASE), reared 1998,2000 (MRB).
VC62. Strensall Common, May 1991 (GBS); near Langdale End, larvae 1998 (Frost & Winter, 1999).

2012 (CHF): Most often recorded as larvae on creeping willow. The only records since 1998 have been from Allerthorpe and Strensall commons. In fact, looking at the national distribution maps, these are the only sites in the north of England with records since 2000.

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