Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Bedstraws.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19401953188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records42417016240449
Number of individuals57417522358485
Unique positions40867912428
Unique locations43767712628
Adult records41815213338948
Immature records03000

For the county, we have a total of 1209 records from 350 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.087 Purple Bar 04
© Nancy Stedman
70.087 Purple Bar 03
© Andy Nunn
70.087 Purple Bar 02
© Ian Marshall, 23 Aug 2012
70.087 Purple Bar 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Quite local but found in all five vice-counties and sometimes frequent away from heavily populated areas. In the east of the County it seems to occur where heath bedstraw, or occasionally lady's bedstraw are found (PQW pers. comm.), but foodplant preferences over the rest of the County are not known.

2012 (CHF): Still widespread across the county. Most records come from upland areas. There has been a reduction in numbers in recent years.

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