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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 12-16mm.

Foodplant: Common Reed.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19042008188318832003
Year last recorded20142010201420142003
Number of records13024971
Number of individuals39124681
Unique positions3421961
Unique locations3822161
Adult records12824851
Immature records00010

For the county, we have a total of 189 records from 68 sites. First recorded in 1883.


63.121 Donacaula forficella 03
© Damian Money
63.121 Donacaula forficella 02 male
© Charlie Streets, 1 Aug 2012
63.121 Donacaula forficella 01
© Dave Williamson, 6 Aug 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Thinly distributed in the southern half of the County as far north as York. There are records from vice-counties 61 to 64 but it is generally scarce except in the southern half of VC63 where it is locally common.

Argus 47, 2004:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 16.6.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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