Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 13-17mm.

Foodplant: Willowherbs.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420152015
Number of records113660614431862297
Number of individuals123480720484362560
Unique positions12812620421233
Unique locations12413119920931
Adult records110558413661788288
Immature records121100

For the county, we have a total of 5344 records from 694 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.094 Small Phoenix 05
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70.094 Small Phoenix 04 Side
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70.094 Small Phoenix 03
© Paul Kipling, 28 Apr 2010
70.094 Small Phoenix 02
© Charles Fletcher, 26 May 2001
70.094 Small Phoenix 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and often frequent or common in vice-counties 62 to 64, less recorded in vice-counties 61 and 65 where there is generally less woodland. This species has increased in some areas of VC63 over the past two decades.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across all of the county except perhaps for the north-west. Numbers are stable.

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