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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce A

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 10-12mm.

Foodplant: Mugwort.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1904188319771980
Year last recorded1995188319921980
Number of records2151
Number of individuals2051
Unique positions2121
Unique locations2121
Adult records1051
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 9 records from 6 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are scattered records from vice-counties 61 to 64. However it is generally uncommon except in the Rotherham and Doncaster districts of VC63 where it occurred regularly in small numbers since the mid 1970s.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC65. Baldersby St. James, September 1980 det. HEB (TAP). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): This moth has been recorded sporadically throughout the county since the time of Porritt, but the majority of records came from the south of VC63 in the late 1970s and 1980s. The last Yorkshire occurrence was from Spurn (VC61) in 1996 where its foodplant may be sea wormwood. It has undoubtedly declined over the past fifteen or twenty years but may be re-found if sufficiently large stands of wormwood are located.

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