Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Cow parsley, Burnet-saxifrage, Hedge bedstraw.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records6952141514302489481
Number of individuals17876226221266057924
Unique positions19013915516644
Unique locations19513514917042
Adult records6910140313972402479
Immature records50000

For the county, we have a total of 12767 records from 691 sites. First recorded in 1880.


1708 Single-dotted Wave 04
© Terry Box
1708 Single-dotted Wave 03
© Paul Holmes
1708 Single-dotted Wave 02
© Andy Nunn
1708 Single-dotted Wave 01
© Paul Kipling 16th July 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species seems to have increased in some areas since the last list (YNU, 1970). Now widely distributed and often frequent especially on lower ground.

2012 (CHF): Still common and widespread across the county. Numbers seem to be stable.

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