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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Alder.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records1729613135733
Number of individuals2069112856058
Unique positions39526610011
Unique locations44506610210
Adult records1658910633631
Immature records00100

For the county, we have a total of 789 records from 272 sites. First recorded in 1880.


70.075 May Highflyer 03
© Derek Parkinson
70.075 May Highflyer 02
© Ian Marshall, 28 May 2009
70.075 May Highflyer 01
© Paul Kipling, 30 May 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This alder feeder is seldom common. It is recorded from all five vice-counties although it appears to be rather local in VC61.

2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county in small numbers and never far from alders.

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