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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: late May to Jul.

Forewing: 16-20mm.

Foodplant: Various herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records1187660271106684
Number of individuals19649112912374120
Unique positions9710810219536
Unique locations979810118934
Adult records1149633204100279
Immature records483111

For the county, we have a total of 3268 records from 519 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and fairly common throughout all five vice-counties. In the east of the County, at least, this seems to be an insect of fairly open habitats, being fairly common near and on chalk grassland in the Wolds and also being recorded in agricultural areas of North Holderness and the Vale of Pickering (PQW). Larvae are common on sea buckthorn at Spurn, VC61 (SLS pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): This species is much more common in the uplands but can be found in smaller numbers in many lowland areas. The biggest numbers tend to be from the west of VC64 and from Spurn.

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