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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Rare and local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Mugwort, Field Wormwood.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19891859184718792001
Year last recorded20122002199620012002
Number of records273563
Number of individuals301533
Unique positions123551
Unique locations133551
Adult records273563
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 44 records from 27 sites. First recorded in 1847.


1368 Loxostege sticticalis 03
© Dave Shenton
1368 Loxostege sticticalis 02
© Charles Fletcher, 6 Aug 2002
1368 Loxostege sticticalis 01
© Charles Fletcher, 19 Sep 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Formerly recorded from several localities in vice-counties 62 to 64, sometimes commonly, but there has been no record during the present century. Goater (1986) comments that its status as a resident British species is uncertain.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Spurn, 9.7.1989, 12.8 & 2.9.1994 (BRS); Lower Derwent Valley NNR, several during August 1995 (CR); Allerthorpe Common, four 1.8.1995, 3.8.1995 (NG, BE); Muston, 10 & 13.8.1995 (PQW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 47, 2004: There have been a number of records of this immigrant moth in the county since the mid-1990's, a trend that has continued during the past four years.
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 19.9 & 5.10.2001, 6.8.2002 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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