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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, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Bramble and Dewberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883184618831977
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records153792810001268256
Number of individuals2083140116693255554
Unique positions12814518318123
Unique locations13313718518820
Adult records15068999191211251
Immature records50201

For the county, we have a total of 4989 records from 663 sites. First recorded in 1846.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties but only occasionally from VC65 (Baldersby St James (RIS trap 315, TAP) and Harmby, once (FBS)). Skinner (1984) gives Yorkshire as the northern limit of this species' range. It is considered extinct in Durham, VC66, just to the north of us (Dunn & Parrack, (1986).

2012 (CHF): Widespread especially in lowland light woodland with bramble and doing fairly well in the county. Over the last few years if has moved further north to mid-Northumberland.

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