Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18861939184719401969
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records621156115104456
Number of individuals520158115362495
Unique positions8144459921
Unique locations8142449623
Adult records612147102101451
Immature records11000

For the county, we have a total of 1992 records from 286 sites. First recorded in 1847.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties and occasionally locally common, especially on the Wolds and at other sites with calcareous soils.

2012 (CHF): Most of our records come from upland limestone areas and the biggest counts have all been from Malham Tarn. It does however occur at plenty of lowland sites all across the county. Numbers have perhaps dropped a little recently. A second brood which was most noticeable in the 1990s is now not reported quite so often.

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