Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Dec.

Forewing: 19-23mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18051883188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records8856308361317327
Number of individuals1355102914813033579
Unique positions695511715222
Unique locations745611415822
Adult records8746067851242318
Immature records21120

For the county, we have a total of 3995 records from 424 sites. First recorded in 1805.


70.244 Feathered Thorn 07
© Nancy Stedman, 2018
70.244 Feathered Thorn 06 larva
© Andy Nunn
70.244 Feathered Thorn 05
© Andy Nunn
70.244 Feathered Thorn 04 larva
© Derek Parkinson
70.244 Feathered Thorn 03
© Paul Kipling, 1 Oct 2011
70.244 Feathered Thorn 02
© Damian Money
70.244 Feathered Thorn 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties but often seems less common than some of the previous species. Possibly less recorded at light due to its later flight period, larvae are widely reported over the County.

2012 (CHF): Remains common and widespread across the county with no recent changes in numbers or distribution.

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