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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid Jun-early Aug.

Forewing: 8-9mm.

Foodplant: Wormwood.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1993186219751984
Year last recorded1993186219991984
Number of records21351
Number of individuals20410
Unique positions2181
Unique locations2181
Adult records21351
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 39 records from 12 sites. First recorded in 1862.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Local and presently restricted to the south of the County although it was recorded from VC62 during the last [19th] century.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Tophill Low, 22.7.1993 det. HEB (PAC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): Following a mid nineteenth century record from Scarborough (VC62) this moth was not recorded again in Yorkshire until 1975 after which it was recorded regularly in small numbers in the south of VC63 with single records from VC61 in 1993 and VC64 in 1984. The last county record was from West Melton (VC63) in 1999. This is a distinctive moth, its demise may well be linked to the tidying up or development of ‘waste ground’ sites which has led to a decline of wormwood, the larval foodplant.

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