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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, Sep-Nov.

Forewing: 19-22mm.

Foodplant: Mallows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142010201420111984
Number of records32115652312
Number of individuals3828471811
Unique positions401120133
Unique locations401120133
Adult records31712591912
Immature records02000

For the county, we have a total of 436 records from 87 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.070 Mallow 05
© Andy Nunn
70.070 Mallow 04
© Nick Lawman
70.070 Mallow 03
© Dave Shenton
70.070 Mallow 02
© Ian Marshall, 11 Oct 2007
70.070 Mallow 01
© Dave Williamson, 30 Sep 2008

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Now a very local species in Yorkshire. It is dependent on species of mallow which many sources suggest are becoming scarcer, so correspondingly, colonies of the moth are becoming more isolated. However, P.Q. Winter reports mallow to be quite widespread in VC61, although the moth is very rare. This would suggest there are other factors involved in the distribution of this species.

2012 (CHF): This species remains very local in the county and does not seem to stray far from its foodplant.

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