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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 18-23mm.

Foodplant: Angelica, Hogweed.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831857184518861976
Year last recorded20132013201420142011
Number of records332525924
Number of individuals292171557
Unique positions151819222
Unique locations161820232
Adult records292319884
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 179 records from 79 sites. First recorded in 1845.


73.234 Brindled Ochre 05
© Andy Nunn
73.234 Brindled Ochre 04
© Tony Moverley, 10 Apr 2014
73.234 Brindled Ochre 03
© Ian Marshall, 15 Oct 2011
73.234 Brindled Ochre 02
© Damian Money
73.234 Brindled Ochre 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Now restricted mainly to moorland and sea cliff areas in Yorkshire. Although there are more records than in the last list (YNU, 1970) few of these are post 1980 and it may still be in decline. However, few people take traps to these remote areas in the later months of the year and it may just be under recorded.

2012 (CHF): We have two main populations of this moth, on the east coast (particularly in the Filey and Flamborough area but also up the coast at Skelton) and in the western Dales. There have been no records from VC63 since 1978. It is undoubtedly under-recorded, particularly in the Dales, as those who trap in October and April record this species on a regular basis. It was noted frequently from 1990 to 93 at Colt Park when the Rothamsted trap operated here and is regular at Malham Tarn. The females over-winter and fly again in the Spring.

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