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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Heather and Bell Heather.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19401953192618861880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records1496604481308189
Number of individuals173361510105060830
Unique positions5615014522550
Unique locations4813515122047
Adult records1376324031264178
Immature records03302

For the county, we have a total of 2754 records from 601 sites. First recorded in 1880.


73.338 True Lover's Knot 05
© Nancy Stedman, 2016
73.338 True Lover's Knot 06
© David Ashton, 22 Jul 2016
73.338 True Lover's Knot 04 larva
© Andy Nunn
73.338 True Lover's Knot 03
© Andy Nunn
73.338 True Lover's Knot 02
© Damian Money
73.338 True Lover's Knot 01
© Graham Feathestone

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded frequently from all five vice-counties wherever heather is found and quite often well away from suitable areas. The statement given by Goater (MBGBI 9) about even small patches of the foodplant in gardens supporting colonies has been found to be true in at least one part of the County and other suburban records support this.

2012 (CHF): The comments in 1989 are still true today. Commonest in the heathery uplands and on lowland heaths, but quite often coming to gardens. Uncommon in much of VC61. Numbers are stable.

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