Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 18-23mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883184618661880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records18625454391199
Number of individuals17432932539290
Unique positions5361339114
Unique locations5264369213
Adult records17923947371197
Immature records24010

For the county, we have a total of 1084 records from 257 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.224 Merveille du Jour 08
© Andy Nunn
73.224 Merveille du Jour 04
© Nancy Stedman, 2018
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© Andy Nunn
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© Dave Shenton
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© Paul Kipling, 29 Sep 2011
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© Damian Money
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© Damian Money
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© Terry Box, 30 Sep 2009

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Quite widely captured at light but not common. There are relatively few recent records of larvae or pupae, possibly reflecting the heavy emphasis on light traps today.

2012 (CHF): Doing well in oak woodland across the county and often coming to gardens. There are no recent changes in numbers or distribution. Widespread but uncommon in the south of VC63.

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