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National Status: RDBK

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: -

Forewing: -

Foodplant: -

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20142010
Year last recorded20142014
Number of records138
Number of individuals181
Unique positions119
Unique locations120
Adult records128
Immature records010

For the county, we have a total of 39 records from 21 sites. First recorded in 2010.


73.280 Small Ranunculus 02
© Andy Nunn
73.280 Small Ranunculus 01
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Current status (CHF, 2011): NEW COUNTY RECORD - Rotherham (9.6.2010) and Sprotbrough (24.7.2010). Formerly a resident in the south-east, this species was last reported in 1939 but reappeared as a breeding species in 1997 in Kent. Since then there has been a spectacular spread; the moth appearing in south Wales, the south Midlands and then Merseyside in 2006. Further spread is likely to occur but may be limited by its foodplant, prickly lettuce Lactuca serriola which is uncommon north of central Yorkshire.

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