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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 5mm.

Foodplant: Clover spp.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1986188318832004
Year last recorded2014201420142014
Number of records40273810
Number of individuals6467547
Unique positions1820226
Unique locations1718216
Adult records40263710
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 115 records from 62 sites. First recorded in 1883.


49.347 Grapholita compositella 02
© Andy Nunn
49.347 Grapholita compositella 01
© Charles Fletcher, 27 May 2004

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Formerly regarded as scarce it has been recorded widely and fairly commonly in vice-counties 61 and 63 since larvae were found in seed pods of common birdsfoot-trefoil in 1980, this appears to be the main foodplant in Yorkshire. Rather infrequently reported from vice-counties 62 and 64 and not recorded from V65.

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