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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants. Thistles, burdocks and Foxglove.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831976
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records1795527457753240
Number of individuals25437825991445415
Unique positions88547511122
Unique locations91517212022
Adult records1777520430688237
Immature records20001

For the county, we have a total of 3772 records from 356 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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© Tony Moverley, 19 Aug 2018
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© David Aitken
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© Andy Nunn
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© Paul Holmes, Sep 2010
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© Damian Money
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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded but rarely common in all five vice-counties. The larvae and pupae can often be found in stems of creeping thistle and ragwort. This is another species which is very common in the South of Britain, becoming scarcer towards the North.

2012 (CHF): Fairly common and widespread across the county. Numbers seem to have increased a little recently and it is doing better in the north than it appeared to be doing in 1989.

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