Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 16-20mm.

Foodplant: Woody plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291964194018861976
Year last recorded20142014201420152015
Number of records13866705451473254
Number of individuals10038106913076376
Unique positions9710712019529
Unique locations9610611619728
Adult records13596534831419248
Immature records30000

For the county, we have a total of 4328 records from 543 sites. First recorded in 1886.


73.264 Pale-shouldered Brocade 04
© Andy Nunn
73.264 Pale-shouldered Brocade 06
© Tony Moverley, 15 May 2018
73.264 Pale-shouldered Brocade 05
© Andy Nunn
73.264 Pale-shouldered Brocade 03
© Terry Box, 4 Jun 2012
73.264 Pale-shouldered Brocade 02
© Paul Kipling, 08 Jun 2010
73.264 Pale-shouldered Brocade 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and often common in all five vice-counties. Records suggest the species possibly has a preference for lower, calcareous areas.

2012 (CHF): This species is still common and widespread across the county and there are no recent changes in distribution or numbers. Very occasional late records in August and September are suggestive of a second brood.

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