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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: M 19-22mm. F 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants and heathers.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831857188320051967
Year last recorded20142014197820052005
Number of records1865323
Number of individuals969021
Unique positions1342322
Unique locations920322
Adult records1563221
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 91 records from 36 sites. First recorded in 1857.


72.023 Clouded Buff 04 Male
© David Ashton, 27 Jun 2014
72.023 Clouded Buff 03 female
© Graham Feathestone
72.023 Clouded Buff 02 male
© Graham Feathestone
72.023 Clouded Buff 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The distribution of this species in Yorkshire would appear to have changed very little in the past twenty years. It remains very local and confined to a small number of moorland and heathland sites.

Argus 50, 2005:
VC64. White Greet, 27.6.2005 (BA); Grassington, 22.6.2005 (RW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC65. Colsterdale Moor, 2.7.2005 (PVI). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Local in small numbers with recent records from Skipwith, Allerthorpe and Strensall Commons, the eastern part of the North York Moors and scattered heathery areas of the Dales. There have been no records from Thorne Moors since the 1970s.

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