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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Hazel, sallows, willows others.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18051953190418861880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records140112566862156460
Number of individuals26503695117763071514
Unique positions12818922524565
Unique locations12718521324161
Adult records137012006052098441
Immature records122553

For the county, we have a total of 5959 records from 827 sites. First recorded in 1805.


70.074 July Highflyer 01
© Colin Duke (C) All Rights Reserved 2019
70.074 July Highflyer 08
© Damian Money
70.074 July Highflyer 07
© Andy Nunn
70.074 July Highflyer 06 larva
© Dave Shenton
70.074 July Highflyer 04
© Derek Parkinson, 30 May 2003
70.074 July Highflyer 05 larva on sallow
© Derek Parkinson
70.074 July Highflyer 03 red form
© John Walshe
70.074 July Highflyer 02
© Ian Marshall, 18 Jul 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed in woodlands and heathy places throughout all five vice-counties. In the uplands, such as the North York Moors, the smaller race is plentiful and P.Q. Winter reports finding larvae abundant on heather and stunted rowan. The larger form, feeding on a number of plants including sallow, is generally distributed over the rest of the County.

2012 (CHF): Numbers remain healthy and this is a common and widespread moth over all of the county especially in woodland areas. Many beautiful forms occur with greenish moths most common in the lowlands and smaller greyish or reddish forms in the uplands.

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