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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Heath Bedstraw.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19801883188318831880
Year last recorded19802014201420142005
Number of records141192511
Number of individuals0525983
Unique positions122162011
Unique locations11917208
Adult records13415209
Immature records02000

For the county, we have a total of 97 records from 65 sites. First recorded in 1880.


1737 Small Argent and Sable 02
© Damian Money
1737 Small Argent and Sable 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Flies during the day in moorland valleys and at a few lowland localities on heaths and mosses.

2012 (CHF): We have three main populations of this day-flying moth; the Yorkshire Dales, the eastern part of the North York Moors and the moors west of Sheffield. There are no recent records from lowland heaths.

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