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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 13-17mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831857188318832002
Year last recorded20142014201320102011
Number of records177911743342
Number of individuals488214424243
Unique positions505034252
Unique locations594833262
Adult records177211330262
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 1975 records from 168 sites. First recorded in 1857.


73.313 White-line Dart 04
© Andy Nunn
73.313 White-line Dart 03
© Damian Money
73.313 White-line Dart 02
© Ian Marshall, 17 Aug 2011
73.313 White-line Dart 01
© Charles Fletcher, 5 Aug 2005

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Very local in Yorkshire and often associated with sandy soils.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Sedbusk, 22.7.2002 (MS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Commonest in coastal areas, particularly at Spurn, but the numbers are reduced from the 1970s when there were sometimes counts of up to 45 in a single trap. Very local in small numbers in inland areas.

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