Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nb
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May, late Jul-early Sep.
Foodplant: Marsh Bedstraw, Fen Bedstraw.
|Year first recorded||2014||2009||2010|
|Year last recorded||2014||2010||2012|
|Number of records||1||2||20|
|Number of individuals||1||3||96|
For the county, we have a total of 23 records from 4 sites. First recorded in 2009.
Similar species: Water Carpet.
Argus 58, 2009: An exciting addition to the Yorkshire list. This species is bivoltine, flying in May/June and August/September. Do examine all late 'Water Carpets' carefully as they might be this species.
VC62. Spruce Bank Wood, Kilburn, 22.8.2009 (TAB). NEW COUNTY RECORD.
Current status (CHF, 2011): The first at Kilburn 2009. The larvae feed on common marsh-bedstraw Galium palustre in damp woodland. A spectacular range expansion from the south-west in the last five years has seen this moth reported from Lancashire, Cumbria, Suffolk and several midland counties. In 2010 there were further records from Kilburn and also from Hardcastle Crags in VC63 suggesting that there is already breeding within the county.
Argus 63, 2011: A remarkable series of records from Hardcastle Crags where we have a healthy population of this recent colonist. Counts of up to 30 coming to light. No records from our other site at Kilburn this year. Damp woodland with a good growth of marsh bedstraw should be targeted as we are likely to Have undetected colonies in the County.
VC63. Hardcastle Crags, several dates from 7.5 to 3.6.2011 (first brood) and 30.7 to 11.9.2011 (second brood) (AC, BL).