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 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Nov.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorns, Plum, Cherry, Crab Apple.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18051883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201320142013
Number of records32930448476162
Number of individuals64145067985280
Unique positions4442188013
Unique locations4842178314
Adult records29828641449157
Immature records11050

For the county, we have a total of 1319 records from 204 sites. First recorded in 1805.


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© Paul Kipling, 15 Oct 2010
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© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Distributed over all five vice-counties and locally common although possibly under-recorded due to its late flight period. The larvae are sometimes conspicuous and have been recorded on hawthorn and blackthorn in the Scarborough area (PQW pers. comm.).

Current status (CHF, 2011): In decline nationally. A slow reduction in numbers. The moth is no longer resident at Spurn but otherwise the distribution has not altered.

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