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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 8-13mm.

Foodplant: Mugwort.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19831992198219772002
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records83191235620
Number of individuals70251525723
Unique positions341641204
Unique locations361438204
Adult records83191225120
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 301 records from 112 sites. First recorded in 1977.


1183 Epiblema foenella 05
© Andy Nunn
1183 Epiblema foenella 04
© Dave Shenton
1183 Epiblema foenella 03
© Ian Marshall, 20 July 2010
1183 Epiblema foenella 02
© Terry Box, 25 Jun 2011
1183 Epiblema foenella 01
© Terry Box, 25 Jun 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A species which has become much more frequent during the last fifteen years and is now recorded from all five vice-counties. It occurs regularly and fairly commonly in the southern part of VC63, elsewhere records are more sporadic but increasing in frequency.

Beaumont, 2002: Has continued to increase in frequency and is now widespread and common throughout vice-counties 61 to 64, but is still only recorded from a single locality in vice-county 65.

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