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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 7-9mm.

Foodplant: A selection of grasses, especially Wood Small-reed and False Brome.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19491859188319722001
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records1755156138137168
Number of individuals6538200158521351
Unique positions5930312411
Unique locations5927312510
Adult records1754152137134168
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 2354 records from 152 sites. First recorded in 1859.


35.031 Helcystogramma rufescens 04
© Andy Nunn
35.031 Helcystogramma rufescens 03
© Terry Box, 20 Aug 2012
35.031 Helcystogramma rufescens 02
© Terry Box, 20 Aug 2012
35.031 Helcystogramma rufescens 01
© Charles Fletcher, 16 Jul 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Occurs widely and commonly but there is no record from VC65.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Balbersby St. James, 1.8.1979 det. HEB (TAP); Hutton Conyers, July 2001 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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