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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Scarce and local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Recorded late Jul-Oct.

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Scarlet Geranium and Yellow-rattle. others.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19851866187119852003
Year last recorded20142006200620062014
Number of records20135243726
Number of individuals30566295235
Unique positions271312223
Unique locations291214233
Adult records20135243726
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 323 records from 81 sites. First recorded in 1866.


73.076 Scarce Bordered Straw 06
© Andrew Rhodes
73.076 Scarce Bordered Straw 05
© Andy Nunn
73.076 Scarce Bordered Straw 04
© Dave Shenton
73.076 Scarce Bordered Straw 03
© Charles Fletcher, 14 Aug 2006
73.076 Scarce Bordered Straw 02
© Damian Money
73.076 Scarce Bordered Straw 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Several of these rare immigrants were caught in 1985, previously not recorded since Porritt (1883-86).

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 14.9.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 52, 2006: A quite unprecedented influx. Before this year there had been 25 Yorkshire records. In 2006 there were 257 records of 405 moths spread widely over all five VCs. One at Otley on 24.6.2006 (AW) gave no warning of what was to come. The influx started in early August with a peak in mid-September and the last of the moths were reported at Haxby (TJC) and Knaresborough (SR) on 28.10.2006.

2012 (CHF): There has been no recurrence of the amazing events of 2006 with none at all recorded in 2007 & 8 and records in single figures in the following years.

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