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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Black Currant, Red Currant, Gooseberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291953192618461880
Year last recorded20072013201320142014
Number of records846616130592
Number of individuals4843142498109
Unique positions2125446418
Unique locations2224457019
Adult records745413328886
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 708 records from 180 sites. First recorded in 1846.


70.215 V-Moth 02
© Jill Warwick, Jul 2011
70.215 V-Moth 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Another species often associated with gardens and allotments which is less common now in many areas. However, it is still well distributed and often frequent in vice-counties 63 and 64 (generally the most heavily populated areas), but it is more local in vice-counties 61, 62 and 65

Beaumont, 2002: This moth has been recorded much less frequently in recent years and is now regarded as scarce over much of the County.

Current status (CHF, 2011): In serious national decline. The few remaining Yorkshire populations are now nationally important.

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