Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Oct-May. (hibernating)
|Year first recorded||1984||2002||1997||1995||2002|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2011|
|Number of records||44||6||24||36||7|
|Number of individuals||34||6||25||33||7|
For the county, we have a total of 117 records from 61 sites. First recorded in 1984.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a mainly southern species but occasional specimens are found as far north as Lincolnshire. The first Yorkshire record was of a single specimen found at Spurn (VC61) on 29.10.1984 (BRS). Since there is no woodland, its natural habitat, it was most probably a stray.
Beaumont, 2002: There was only a single previous County record, at Spurn (VC61) in 1984. Since the early 1990s it has occurred widely in small numbers and appears to be increasing in frequency.
VC63. Wintersett Country Park, 18.3 & 13.4.1997, 16 & 23.10.1999 (PSm, PM et. al.); Canklow, mid 9.1997 (RFB); West Melton, 9 & 13.4.1999,22.4.2000 (HEB); Rossington, 10.10.1999 (RlH); Mirfield, 25.10.2000 (MST). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. 'Borders of West and South Yorkshire', one at ivy blossom 6.10.1991 (Forder, 1992); Byram, one on ivy bloom 9.10.1995 (NG); Bishop Wood, 16.3.1997 (ASE); Pannal, 1999 (GTF); Tadcaster, 1999, 2000 (DBk). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
2012 (CHF): This species spread across the county in the 1990s and 2000s reaching a peak of 22 records in 2008 but numbers crashed to a single record in 2011. Records (usually of single moths) are scattered across lowland parts of the county. It appears in October/November and over-winters, appearing again in the Spring.