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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jul.

Forewing: 6-8mm.

Foodplant: Bilberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20111859198320081883
Year last recorded20112014201420101883
Number of records2181621
Number of individuals2223100
Unique positions291311
Unique locations281211
Adult records2161620
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 39 records from 24 sites. First recorded in 1859.


0131 Incurvaria oehlmanniella 02
© Dave Williamson
0131 Incurvaria oehlmanniella 01
© Barry Spence, 10 May 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Quite widespread but thinly distributed and seldom common, not recorded from VC61.

Argus 63, 2011: Although widespread within the county it is surprisingly infrequently recorded. Typically a moth of moorland edge with a growth of bilberry but also occurs away from that habitat on the lower ground.
VC61. Spurn NNR, 11.5.2011 (BRS); Skipwith Common, 4.6.2011 (JOHS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2013 (CHF): Rather local in the county and commoner in heathy areas with bilberry but also occurring in more suburban areas where it feeds on other food plants. Along with other members of this genus, the larvae make circular cutouts in which they fall to the ground and continue feeding. All records are of adults.

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