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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Red, White and Sea Campion.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records1175294366930142
Number of individuals9053103631759188
Unique positions99538912426
Unique locations99548912524
Adult records1155282335899139
Immature records00010

For the county, we have a total of 2907 records from 391 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.281 Lychnis 05
© Nancy Stedman
73.281 Lychnis 04
© Andy Nunn
73.281 Lychnis 03
© Nick Lawman
73.281 Lychnis 02
© Paul Kipling, 21 May 2009
73.281 Lychnis 01
© Charles Fletcher, 9 May 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Fairly widespread and often common on lower ground in all five vice-counties but less frequent in higher areas. The larvae can be found on red campion where it grows in open situations such as roadside verges but not in shade (PQW).

2012 (CHF): Widespread and fairly common across most of the county. Numbers have grown in the last few years. Since 1990 the second brood has become more common and it now clearly has two overlapping broods, the second being smaller.

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