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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: M 34-42mm., F 44-48mm.

Foodplant: Mainly Poplar and Willow spp. and various deciduous trees.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded19041904200519301967
Number of records321042
Number of individuals00201
Unique positions32842
Unique locations32832
Adult records32932
Immature records00110

For the county, we have a total of 21 records from 18 sites. First recorded in 1883.


50.001 Goat Moth 01
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species is now very scarce in Yorkshire. There are only records from two widely separated areas, although no post 1960 records are shown for Yorkshire on map 3 in MBGBI 2. The species seem to need old poplar or pollarded willow (B MacNulty, pers. comm.) which may now be rare due modern farming practices.

2012 (CHF): The only recent record of this species within the county is from Rossington in 2005 though there was an unconfirmed record of a pair in-cop in June 2010 in the Doncaster area. There are several old records from this area so it is possible that we still have a resident population.

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