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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 17-21mm.

Foodplant: Downy Birch, Silver Birch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records17131549845070
Number of individuals164326614637116
Unique positions7510916513117
Unique locations6710315713114
Adult records15428544841566
Immature records53610

For the county, we have a total of 1504 records from 472 sites. First recorded in 1880.


65.005 Pebble Hook-tip 07 Top
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
65.005 Pebble Hook-tip 06 larva
© Dave Williamson
65.005 Pebble Hook-tip 05
© Andy Nunn
65.005 Pebble Hook-tip 04
© Dave Shenton
65.005 Pebble Hook-tip 03
© Paul Kipling, 20 Aug 2010
65.005 Pebble Hook-tip 02
© Alan Draper
65.005 Pebble Hook-tip 01
© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Still well distributed and frequent in woodland and heathland with plenty of birch. This species has a wider and more general range in the County than the other species of hook-tips, but is now locally less common than the formerly scarce Scalloped Hook-tip. There are recent records from all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): Still widespread across the county in birch woodland. The commonest hook-tip. Numbers are stable.

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