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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: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Sweet-William and Bladder Campion.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1991199620001988
Year last recorded2014201420142014
Number of records1021611126
Number of individuals861712126
Unique positions247288
Unique locations247278
Adult records1011611126
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 255 records from 66 sites. First recorded in 1988.


73.282 Varied Coronet 03
© Paul Holmes
73.282 Varied Coronet 02
© Andy Nunn
73.282 Varied Coronet 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a relatively new species to the British Isles. Although odd migrants had been taken in earlier years it suddenly appeared in numbers in the late 1940s (Skinner, 1984). Since then it has slowly spread up the country, from the south-east, reaching Lincolnshire in the mid 1970s (Duddington & ]ohnson, 1986). The first Yorkshire specimen was taken in a garden in Whitkirk, Leeds (VC64) on 18.7.1988 by A. Wilkinson. Since its main foodplant is sweet william, a common garden plant, it may continue its northward colonisation of the country and we may find more specimens of this pretty moth in our suburbs.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Spurn, 22.7.1991 (BRS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC63. Rossington, 28.6 & 12.7.2000 (RIH); Canklow, Rotherham, two late June 2000 (RFB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 50, 2005:
VC62. Haxby, 4.7.2005 (TJC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (CHF, 2011): A steady push north and west. It has not yet reached VC65 but looks set to do so in a few years.

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