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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Oct, overwinters to following Spring.

Forewing: 11-14mm.

Foodplant: Wild Parsnip, Hogweed.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831859188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records3794556209
Number of individuals40144392210
Unique positions462035114
Unique locations442036114
Adult records3744238158
Immature records401500

For the county, we have a total of 509 records from 115 sites. First recorded in 1859.


32.036 Depressaria heraclei 04 larval feeding signs on hogweed
© Andy Nunn
32.036 Depressaria heraclei 03
© Dave Williamson
32.036 Depressaria heraclei 02 larva
© Charlie Streets, 28 Jul 2014
32.036 Depressaria heraclei 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and common throughout all five vice-counties.

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