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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Late Jun-early Sep.

Forewing: 11mm.

Foodplant: Bulrush.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19902001198218842002
Year last recorded20142014201520142014
Number of records261132115829
Number of individuals3791838613830
Unique positions54954214
Unique locations57953204
Adult records248111924927
Immature records1321972

For the county, we have a total of 572 records from 143 sites. First recorded in 1884.


34.004 Limnaecia phragmitella 06 larval feeding signs on Typha
© Andy Nunn
34.004 Limnaecia phragmitella 05 larva
© Andy Nunn
34.004 Limnaecia phragmitella 04 larva in Typha seed head
© Dave Shenton
34.004 Limnaecia phragmitella 03
© Damian Money
34.004 Limnaecia phragmitella 02
© Terry Box, 22 Jul 2012
34.004 Limnaecia phragmitella 01
© Ian Marshall, 7 Aug 2009

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread in the southern half of the County as far north as York with records from vice-counties 61 to 64. In the south of VC63 evidence of larval feeding is apparent wherever reedmace occurs, even in small isolated clumps.

Argus 50, 2005:
VC65. High Batts NR., pupae in Typha seedheads 15.6.2002 (HEB, CHF) and subsequently (JCW, SPW); Foxglove Covert, Catterick, larval feeding 19.7.2002; Hutton Conyers, 29.7.2002 and subsequent records (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.


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