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.
|Year first recorded||1940||1883||1883||1883||1883|
|Year last recorded||1998||2010||2014||2013||2010|
|Number of records||17||18||19||19||6|
|Number of individuals||7||12||11||17||4|
For the county, we have a total of 79 records from 51 sites. First recorded in 1883.
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.