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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 22-26mm.

Foodplant: Sow-thistles, wild lettuces, hawkweeds.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18741883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records37514414614932
Number of individuals39914510819931
Unique positions694356629
Unique locations754356639
Adult records35913512513930
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 846 records from 246 sites. First recorded in 1874.


73.052 Shark 04
© Andy Nunn
73.052 Shark 01
© Damian Money
73.052 Shark 03
© Paul Holmes, Jul 2011
73.052 Shark 02
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Unlike most of, the other members of this genus this moth is recorded much more as an adult than as larvae. There are recent records from all five vice-counties but, although regular in some areas, it is rarely common.

2012 (CHF): Widely distributed in small numbers in lowland areas across the county. Numbers have fallen a little recently. Do not confuse this species with the earlier and smaller Chamomile Shark.

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