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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Common sand-dune plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18801996
Year last recorded18831996
Number of records31
Number of individuals00
Unique positions11
Unique locations11
Adult records31
Immature records00

For the county, we have a total of 4 records from 2 sites. First recorded in 1880.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded since Porritt (1883-86). Yorkshire is well within the range quoted by Skinner (1984), 'from Essex to Northumberland' so its absence is rather puzzling and it is surprising that it has not been subsequently recorded at Spurn (VC61). South Gare near Redcar (VC62) would also seem to be a suitable site. Perhaps the very limited area of the dunes in these areas is not enough for a viable population.

Current status (CHF, 2011): There is still a healthy population in East Anglia and the comments in Sutton and Beaumont that this moth should be found in areas of sand dunes at Teesside and Spurn still apply. There is a record in the Millennium Review of one at High Hawkser in 1996.

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