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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation. May-Jun.

Forewing: 11-12mm.

Foodplant: Downy Birch, Silver Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Blackthorn.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1940197419611940
Year last recorded2010201419992013
Number of records16403636
Number of individuals940733
Unique positions13131527
Unique locations14131526
Adult records12392931
Immature records0010

For the county, we have a total of 128 records from 68 sites. First recorded in 1940.


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© Dave Williamson, 19 May 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are a few additional records since 1970 but it would appear that this woodland species is still generally elusive.

2012 (CHF): As in 1989, this moth is rarely reported but there are records from many different sites in the centre of the county where it seems to occur at a low density. There have been no records from VC63 since 1999.

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