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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 17-19mm.

Foodplant: Black Currant, Red Currant, Gooseberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19641883188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records3005022871105121
Number of individuals2665723481674146
Unique positions58897314130
Unique locations58897314530
Adult records2944902721069117
Immature records00010

For the county, we have a total of 2315 records from 395 sites. First recorded in 1880.


70.089 Phoenix 05
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70.089 Phoenix 04
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70.089 Phoenix 03
© Derek Parkinson
70.089 Phoenix 02
© Ian Andrews
70.089 Phoenix 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A fairly local species, although recorded from all five vice-counties. Often found at light in areas with gardens and allotments where the larvae feed on currants and gooseberry. P.Q. Winter reports that larvae reared at Muston (VC61) preferred gooseberry which is also fairly common growing wild in the area, but currants have been reported as the foodplant elsewhere.

2012 (CHF): Still fairly widespread across the county in small numbers but there has been a slight decline in records in recent years.

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