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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant/Adventive

Local Status: Very rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 10mm.


Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2004200420092010
Year last recorded2004200420092010
Number of records1111
Number of individuals1111
Unique positions1111
Unique locations1111
Adult records1111
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. First recorded in 2004.


63.046 Duponchelia fovealis 02
© Barry Spence, 15 Aug 2004
63.046 Duponchelia fovealis 01
© Paul Kipling, 14 May 2010

Species Account

Argus 47, 2004: This moth was first recorded in Britain as recently as 1996, many records have been from indoors suggesting an imported origin, but there is an increasing evidence that it is becoming established.
VC61. Spurn, 15.8.2004 (BRS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC63. West Melton, one indoors, 5.3.2004 (HEB). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 58, 2009: This is the third county record of this moth; the two previous records were both in 2004 and were in vice-counties 61 and 63
VC64. Menston, 7.2.2009 (CGH). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): First recorded in Britain in 1996 with increasing numbers from the end of the decade, considered an adventive species as many early records were indoors but there have been a number of light-trap captures in recent years. The first Yorkshire examples were indoors at West Melton (VC63) and at mv light at Spurn (VC64) in 2004 with further moths at Menston (VC64) in 2009 and near Richmond (VC65) in 2010. Likely to be encountered more frequently in the future.

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