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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Campions, Nottingham Catchfly and Rock Sea-spurrey.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19501883188318831883
Year last recorded20142011201420142014
Number of records4628648628
Number of individuals37204415244
Unique positions1817323312
Unique locations2016353410
Adult records4223517728
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 252 records from 115 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.286 Tawny Shears 02
© Ian Marshall, 5 May 2011
73.286 Tawny Shears 01
© Ian Marshall, 10 May 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely but thinly scattered and recorded from all five vice-counties. The larvae can be found on bladder campion.

2012 (CHF): Local in small numbers in calcareous areas. Occasional records in August are suggestive of a small second generation.

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