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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: M 16-22mm. F17-23mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees and shrubs.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19261930188319391961
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records433610096211121455
Number of individuals127121915105443061171
Unique positions21115717215028
Unique locations20315315215628
Adult records42539645371045452
Immature records381024131

For the county, we have a total of 7542 records from 692 sites. First recorded in 1883.


72.013 Yellow-tail 08 larva
© Terry Box, 13 May 2018
72.013 Yellow-tail 07
© Terry Box, 16 Jul 2017
72.013 Yellow-tail 06
© Nick Lawman
72.013 Yellow-tail 05 larva
© Andy Nunn
72.013 Yellow-tail 04 'playing dead'
© Andy Nunn
72.013 Yellow-tail 03 larva
© Derek Parkinson
72.013 Yellow-tail 02
© Dave Williamson
72.013 Yellow-tail 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Often common both as larvae and as adults at light. Found in all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county on the lower ground. Numbers are stable.

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