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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Aug.

Forewing: 13-15mm

Foodplant: Sallows, Willows, Sea Buckthorn, Alder.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1949
Year last recorded2014
Number of records1359
Number of individuals3603
Unique positions31
Unique locations36
Adult records1358
Immature records1

For the county, we have a total of 1359 records from 36 sites. First recorded in 1949.


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© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a species which is locally common in the very south of England but which sporadically turns up in other parts of the country. In Yorkshire, it was first found at Spurn (VC61) by H. N. Michaelis in 1949 (YNU, 1970; also included in Michaelis, 1951 but no date or comment). There have been several other records at the same site since. These are 10.6.1970, 6.8.1975, two 23.7.1983, singles 6.7, 19.8 and 22.8.1984 and 6.7.1987 (BRS).

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Spurn, single figures annually 1989-1993, since 1994 has been recorded abundantly, e.g. 78 in three traps on 23.8.1997 (BRS); Hornsea, 22.8.1996; Rudston, 20 & 24.8.1997 (ASE).

2012 (CHF): Records started to increase in 1992 and peaked in 2004. There has been a gradual decline since then and it has contracted back to Spurn. These are the most northerly records on the east side of the country.

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