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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Na

Local Status: Scarce and local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Immigrants arrive Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 24-27mm.

Foodplant: Bog-myrtle and Creeping Willow.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18711880184619711961
Year last recorded20142010200720072007
Number of records9930264710
Number of individuals8624147113
Unique positions322218277
Unique locations342419267
Adult records982619469
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 212 records from 110 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.350 Great Brocade 02
© Ian Andrews
73.350 Great Brocade 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This moth is a regular migrant to vice-counties 61 and 62, mostly near the coast. Occasional specimens have also been recorded from the other vice-counties. Apart from a dark specimen recorded near York (VC62) in July 1983 (AHF) most records have stated that it was the lighter coloured Continental form that has been found. It is now not possible to tell whether the York specimen was the Scottish form or just an unusually dark immigrant.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC64. Malham Tarn, exceptional numbers in early August 1995, nine on 5th, three on 6th, four on 7th, two on 8th and five on 9th (DB).

2012 (CHF): An occasional migrant with small numbers recorded most years in August. Larger influxes occurred in 2006 and 2007 with 37 and 41 records respectively. The 2006 influx mostly involved VC61 whereas in 2007 there were many inland records all over the county and the wave of migration bypassed Spurn.

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