Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaf trees & shrubs inc Rose family.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1929196118831979
Year last recorded2014199820142005
Number of records2321139425
Number of individuals7546613516
Unique positions10984218
Unique locations11383817
Adult records2290108022
Immature records12152

For the county, we have a total of 2453 records from 176 sites. First recorded in 1883.


1634 Lackey 03
© Andy Nunn
1634 Lackey 02
© Nick Lawman
1634 Lackey 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There has been a dramatic range extension from the south-east since the early 1970s, Wass (VC62) being the furthest north so far and Elmley (VC63) and Markington (VC64) the furthest west.

2012 (CHF): There has been a slow contraction in range and numbers in the last few years with a retreat to the south and east.

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