Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Heathers.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19401953190419401880
Year last recorded20142014201420152015
Number of records4029019231578
Number of individuals320244422941130406
Unique positions2116910820160
Unique locations1511310715246
Adult records3226816230072
Immature records00100

For the county, we have a total of 915 records from 433 sites. First recorded in 1880.


70.275 Common Heath 05
© Andy Nunn
70.275 Common Heath 04
© Damian Money
70.275 Common Heath 03
© Paul Kipling, 27 Apr 2012
70.275 Common Heath 02
© Charles Fletcher, 12 Apr 2003
70.275 Common Heath 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Generally very common on heaths and moorland throughout the five vice-counties. Many forms are found of this attractive day-flying species.

2012 (CHF): This species continues to be common on heather moorland and lowland heaths across the county with no recent changes in numbers or distribution.

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