Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 12-16mm.

Foodplant: Dandelion, Foxglove and docks.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831964184718831880
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records110922461159939901069
Number of individuals75717101523980160544062
Unique positions18112815622549
Unique locations17613015023347
Adult records110332434152737961056
Immature records51000

For the county, we have a total of 20211 records from 736 sites. First recorded in 1847.


73.334 Small Square-spot 03
© Andy Nunn
73.334 Small Square-spot 02
© Dave Williamson, 31 Jul 2010
73.334 Small Square-spot 01
© Dave Williamson, 14 May 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and generally common in all five vice-counties. There are two broods, the second of generally smaller insects being more plentiful in many areas - especially near the coast. Here numbers are swelled by immigration and more unusual forms may be seen.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county with no recent changes in numbers or distribution.

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