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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Very rare and very local. No recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: -

Forewing: -

Foodplant: -

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded187918831880
Year last recorded188318831883
Number of records312
Number of individuals000
Unique positions212
Unique locations212
Adult records211
Immature records100

For the county, we have a total of 6 records from 5 sites. First recorded in 1879.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded since Porritt (1883-86). He reported this moth as very local, from Bramham (VC64), Richmond (VC65), Spurn (VC61) and York (VC61/62/64) in the early 1860s.

Current status (CHF, 2011): Last recorded 1883 – possibly the best candidate for a “first since Porritt”. Populations still exist on moorland in Durham, and records in Weardale are very close to our northern border. This moth may remain undetected in the under-recorded northern wilds of VC65.

2012 (CHF): An old BRC record from Upper Teesdale has surfaced dated "before 1940" which could mean any date from 1880 to 1940. This is certainly the best area to search for Dark Tussock.

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