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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Lichens.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19971842200920092009
Year last recorded20142013201420142014
Number of records176863235
Number of individuals278789235
Unique positions3972462
Unique locations3872462
Adult records176863205
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 275 records from 77 sites. First recorded in 1842.


72.069 Beautiful Hook-tip 08
© David Ashton, 13 Jul 2016
72.069 Beautiful Hook-tip 07
© Ken Mccann
72.069 Beautiful Hook-tip 06
© Nick Lawman
72.069 Beautiful Hook-tip 05
© Andy Nunn
72.069 Beautiful Hook-tip 04
© Dave Shenton
72.069 Beautiful Hook-tip 03
© Ray Priestley, 18 Jun 2011
72.069 Beautiful Hook-tip 02
© Charles Fletcher, 16 Jul 2009
72.069 Beautiful Hook-tip 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded since Porritt (1883-86). Porritt said 'We have two localities for this peculiar lichen feeder. Scarborough (T.W.); York (R.C., Entom. April 1842).'. These Yorkshire records are the furthest north this species has been recorded in Britain.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Tophill Low, 16.7.1997 (PAC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD, and the first County record for over 120 years.

Argus 58, 2009: An amazing expansion after only three previous county records in the modern era with spread into three new VCs.
VC63. Netherton, 13.7.2009 (JRB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. Barwick-in-Elmet, 3.7.2009 (ABN). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 16.7.2009 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 63, 2011:
VC62. Huby, 28.6.2011 (NL). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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