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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade G   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 8-11mm.

Foodplant: Ragwort and Buttercup.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20092012200120092009
Year last recorded20142012201420122014
Number of records25112687
Number of individuals188313087
Unique positions71962
Unique locations71952
Adult records25112687
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 293 records from 24 sites. First recorded in 2001.


49.054 Cnephasia genitalana 01
© John William Cooper

Species Account

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC63. Rossington, 20.7 & 3.8.2001, 8 & 10.8.2002, 15.7.2003 (RIH); Potteric Carr NR., reared 3.7.2004 ex. ox-eye daisy seedhead (RIH). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 58, 2009: The year 2009 saw a considerable increase in the number of records, with the totals in the Spurn area being unprecedented.
VC61. Kilnsea, 20.7-26.8.2009 with ca.60 on 4.8.2009 gen. det. (BRS); Spurn NNR, 2-5.8.2009 (BRS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. Sharow, 5.8.2009 gen. det. CHF (JCW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 9.8.2009 gen. det. (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): Formerly considered to be confined to the southern counties but it may have been overlooked as it requires dissection for a positive determination. The earliest Yorkshire records at Rossington and Potteric Carr NR (VC63) in 2001 may represent a northward shift in distribution, there have been further records from the Doncaster area and it has subsequently been found more widely, appearing for the first time in vice-counties 61, 64 & 65 in 2009. This under-recorded moth will surely be found more widely.

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