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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 15-20mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1897188318461883
Year last recorded2014199719872010
Number of records1034499
Number of individuals1758313
Unique positions26489
Unique locations31489
Adult records1031477
Immature records1000

For the county, we have a total of 1056 records from 52 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.266 Dog's Tooth 03
© Andy Nunn
73.266 Dog's Tooth 02
© Terry Box, 3 Aug 2018
73.266 Dog's Tooth 01
© John William Cooper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The only regular site for this species is Spurn (VC61) where it is well established. There have also been records from several new Yorkshire sites but most of these are fairly recent so it is not possible to say whether any of these might be from new colonies or whether they are merely strays. The record shown on map 157 in MBGBI 9 in VC62 (Wykeham, 11.7-13.7.1975) is almost certainly in error (PQW pers. comm.), and the two shown in VC63 have not yet been traced.

Current status (CHF, 2011): A contraction of range south-east and almost all recent records are from VC61. Healthy populations in Lancashire and south Cumbria however have started to spill over into the west of VC64 (Burton-in-Lonsdale 22.6.2010) so numbers of this species may bounce back.

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