Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1994||2008||2006||2003||2011|
|Year last recorded||2014||2013||2014||2014||2011|
|Number of records||1388||7||238||47||1|
|Number of individuals||3102||8||378||54||1|
For the county, we have a total of 1681 records from 82 sites. First recorded in 1994.
VC61. Spurn, 16.8.1994, then two in 1995, seven in 1996, eighteen in 1997, five in 1998, eight in 1999, six in 2000 (BRS). NEW COUNTY RECORD.
Argus 52, 2006: There has been further spread of this moth away from its stronghold at Spurn.
VC63. Balby, 14.9.2006 (PG); Rossington, four 30.8-4.9.2006 (RIH). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
Argus 56, 2008:
VC62. Haxby, 24.9.2008 (TJC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
Argus 63, 2011:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 17.5.2011 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
2012 (CHF): Since 2003 there has been a dramatic expansion of this moth from its stronghold at Spurn with movement to the north and west. We now have records from all five vice-counties and there are records as far north as Northumberland. Numbers have been doubling in recent years with 100 records in 2009, 200 in 2010 and 400 in 2011. There are two broods, from mid-May to the end of June and from mid-August to mid-October and this helps to separate it from its confusion species, Uncertain and Rustic which fly from mid-June to mid-August. Vine's Rustic differs from these two species by having whitish hindwings and pale greyish plainer forewings with larger rounded reniform and orbicular stigmata (or kidney and oval marks if you prefer!).