Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Apr.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Omnivorous. Broadleaved trees and shrubs - Moth larvae.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831960184518831883
Year last recorded20142015201420152015
Number of records773309662679326
Number of individuals91540612451167422
Unique positions676411310520
Unique locations676410611018
Adult records764297635636325
Immature records20330

For the county, we have a total of 2749 records from 365 sites. First recorded in 1845.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Locally quite common in broad-leaved woodland and parkland. This species flies in mild weather over the winter months so it is rather sparsely recorded due to lack of trapping at this time of year. Found in all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county especially in wooded areas. Numbers may have increased a little recently or perhaps more people are trapping in the colder months. The orange and white-spotted forms are equally common.

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