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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Alder and birches.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded185719961883
Year last recorded188320142014
Number of records596
Number of individuals0115
Unique positions554
Unique locations554
Adult records596
Immature records000

For the county, we have a total of 20 records from 14 sites. First recorded in 1857.


71.006 Alder Kitten 03
© Nancy Stedman
71.006 Alder Kitten 02
© Tony Moverley, 26 May 2014
71.006 Alder Kitten 01
© Jim Morgan

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded since Porritt (1883-86). This species used to occur quite widely in VC62 and at odd sites elsewhere. It still occurs at several sites in Derbyshire (VC57) some of which are quite near the Yorkshire border (Harrison & Sterling, 1986).

Beaumont, 2002:
VC63. Woodhouse Washlands, 14.6.1996 (HEB, RFB); Bradway, Sheffield, 15.5.2000 conf RFB (PH). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): We are at the north-east edge of the range of this species which is commoner over the border in Lancashire. There are recent records from Holmfirth in 2002 and Settle and Honley in 2007 on our western fringes.

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