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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak. Sessile Oak.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded188318831883
Year last recorded193819701996
Number of records2106
Number of individuals012
Unique positions276
Unique locations286
Adult records286
Immature records000

For the county, we have a total of 18 records from 16 sites. First recorded in 1883.


1658 Oak Lutestring 01
© Dave Williamson 29th Aug 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a rare moth in Yorkshire although the distribution given in Skinner (1984) suggests it should be more frequent. The only record since the last list (YNU, 1970) is of one from Eccleshall Woods, Sheffield in the 1970s (Garland, 1979).

Current status (CHF, 2011): Last recorded in 1996. This species is still likely to occur within our boundaries. We have two records from the 1990s in the west of VC64. There are recent records just over the border in north Lancashire. Mature oak woodland should be targeted.

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