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Summary Data


Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: July-early Sep.

Forewing: 16-20mm.

Foodplant: Sorrells, primula, nettles.

Regional breakdown:

 VC62VC63VC64VC65
Year first recorded1883184519821883
Year last recorded2013197420142014
Number of records123399291
Number of individuals601412671
Unique positions1133632
Unique locations1033530
Adult records91399287
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 705 records from 78 sites. First recorded in 1845.
 

Photos


2103 Plain Clay 02
© Terry Box
2103 Plain Clay 01
© Dave Williamson

Species Account


Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species has extended its range southwards since the last list (YNU, 1970). Taken in north VC62 in 1967, it was later found to be well established in VC65 and has now spread to the north of VC64 as well.

2012 (CHF): The comments in 1989 now seem quite out of place. There have been no records from any of its former VC62 sites since 1995 and it appears to be moving north rather than south, probably as a result of climatic change. It is still not uncommon in a localised area of north VC64 and south VC65 in a variety of habitats, often coming into gardens, but even in this core area the numbers are not quite as great as ten years ago. This is the only area in England that you are likely to find this moth with any regularity. There are no recent records in Northumberland or Durham and the main populations are in parts of eastern Scotland.
 

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