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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 14-16mm

Foodplant: Birch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1980197719951978
Year last recorded2008197719991987
Number of records15125
Number of individuals7112
Unique positions10122
Unique locations10122
Adult records15125
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 23 records from 15 sites. First recorded in 1977.


70.211 Peacock Moth 05
© Andy Nunn
70.211 Peacock Moth 04
© Damian Money
70.211 Peacock Moth 03
© Damian Money
70.211 Peacock Moth 02
© Dave Shenton
70.211 Peacock Moth 01
© Dave Williamson, 9 Jun 2007

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species was first taken in Yorkshire at MV light at Dalby Forest, near Pickering (VC62) on 27 August 1977 by P.Q. Winter and S.M. Jackson. The next specimen to appear was taken near the coast in VC61 in 1983 and two more specimens have now been taken in 1987.

2012 (CHF): After a flush of records in the 1980s and 1990s, this moth has almost disappeared and is very rarely reported now. It is generally very scarce in the north of England.

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