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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Hawkweeds, hawk's-beards, sow thistles, others.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831964190419501977
Year last recorded20142014201420132014
Number of records15152966112
Number of individuals12050914813
Unique positions482050379
Unique locations502246408
Adult records14748825610
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 372 records from 166 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.279 Broad-barred White 05
© David Ashton, 24 Jun 2019
73.279 Broad-barred White 04
© Nick Lawman
73.279 Broad-barred White 03
© Dave Shenton
73.279 Broad-barred White 02
© Andy Nunn
73.279 Broad-barred White 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: More widely recorded in the last few years but still rather local. In vice-counties 61 and 62 it seems to favour relatively undisturbed sites on sand or chalk (PQW pers. comm.).

Beaumont, 2002: This moth has been reported less frequently in recent years.

2012 (CHF): Widely scattered records from chalky lowland areas. A small second generation in August has become more regular in the last ten years. Only ever reported in small numbers, in fact 94% of our records are of single moths. Numbers are small but stable and may be slightly increasing.

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