Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants. Goosefoots.
|Year first recorded||1929||1964||1883||1910||1979|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||1855||456||447||439||213|
|Number of individuals||3962||1048||489||717||411|
For the county, we have a total of 3410 records from 295 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species has expanded both its northern and western ranges in the County. P.Q. Winter suggests that on the east coast it is probably a migrant and only temporary resident, but elsewhere in Yorkshire it would appear to be fairly well established.
2012 (CHF): There has been a big expansion in numbers and range since 1989 and it can now be found all over the county though it is still a little uncommon in the west. Numbers vary a lot from year to year and may be augmented by migration. Counts of over 50 have occurred in some years at Spurn. There is a long flight time with two overlapping broods.