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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 6-8mm.

Foodplant: Black Poplar and White Poplar.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2009201320032008
Year last recorded2014201320132012
Number of records18232
Number of individuals232152
Unique positions6221
Unique locations6221
Adult records18232
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 25 records from 11 sites. First recorded in 2003.


49.280 Gypsonoma oppressana 06 larva
© Andy Nunn
49.280 Gypsonoma oppressana 05 mines on black poplar
© Andy Nunn
49.280 Gypsonoma oppressana 04
© Andy Nunn
49.280 Gypsonoma oppressana 03
© Terry Box, 11 Jul 2014
49.280 Gypsonoma oppressana 02
© Dave Shenton
49.280 Gypsonoma oppressana 01
© Charles Fletcher, 25 Jun 2003

Species Account

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC64. Sharow Mires, 25.6.2003, thirteen at MV light (CHF, JCW, SPW). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 56, 2008: First recorded in Yorkshire in 2003 from VC64, this is only the second county locality
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 27.7.2008 det. HEB (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 58, 2009:
VC61. Lund, two on 30.6.2009 (MCo). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): A local moth in Britain, mainly southern in distribution but in the west occurring north to Westmorland. In Yorkshire first recorded at Sharow Mires (VC64), where it was well established, in 2003, then Hutton Conyers (VC65) in 2008 and Lund (VC61) in 2009 and 2010. Certainly now resident in the county and should be looked for amongst old poplars.

Argus 69, 2013: Since its first appearance in the county in 2003 this moth has been recorded with increasing frequency.
VC63. Auckley, 10.7.2013 (SRS); Kirk Smeaton, 30.7.2013 (DWi). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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