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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 16-18mm.

Foodplant: Black Currant, Red Currant

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041953188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420132013
Number of records15714712325936
Number of individuals12317610742237
Unique positions5442487211
Unique locations5742487612
Adult records14114410324232
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 722 records from 235 sites. First recorded in 1880.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties, but seemingly in smaller numbers in VC61. Often frequent or common where currants or gooseberries grow, mostly in cultivation but occasionally in the wild. Dunn and Parrack (1986) consider this species to be much less common than the previous two in Northumberland and Durham.

Current status (CHF, 2011): A slow decline mirroring the national situation, but still widespread over most of the county.

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