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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Willows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19401883188318831883
Year last recorded19982010201420132010
Number of records171819196
Number of individuals71211174
Unique positions91211143
Unique locations91212153
Adult records101612175
Immature records40100

For the county, we have a total of 79 records from 51 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.076 Ruddy Highflyer 01
© Robert Woods

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Few recent records, apparently very local on moorland and lowland bogs and heather in vice-counties 61, 63 and 64. However it may not often come to light and larvae are not found by beating as they spin a web which secures them in the terminal leaves of sallow branches (per PQW). It should also be present in north VC65, since there are recent records from two sites on the Durham side of Teesdale (IF, Dunn & Parrack, 1986).

Argus 56, pub. 2009: Very local in the county and easily confused with May Highflyer.
VC65. Foxglove Covert, 21.5.2008 (MHa et al.). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Infrequently recorded with records from upland areas with willows and some lowland boggy areas. Take great care to separate this from the commoner May Highflyer.

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