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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 8-10mm.

Foodplant: Common Valerian.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19741913190318831985
Year last recorded20141913201420132014
Number of records4814162
Number of individuals5202122
Unique positions814112
Unique locations714102
Adult records4713122
Immature records10120

For the county, we have a total of 71 records from 24 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.181 Valerian Pug 01
© Terry Box, 7 Jul 2017

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are four new localities for this species and one from where there had been no records for several years (Askham Bog). There are no further records for Grass Wood (VC64), the only recent site in the last list (YNU, 1970).

2012 (CHF): Very local in the county with scattered records from damp areas where common valerian grows. A population built up Spurn in the 1980s and 1990s but it has not been since 2005. It may be under-recorded as it is not an easy species to identify, usually needing dissection.

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