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Summary Data


Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce A

Local Status: Very rare wanderer or possibly resident

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Single brood, Jun-Sep

Forewing: 9-17mm

Foodplant: The moss Brachythecium albicans on sandy heaths and dunes

Regional breakdown:

 VC61
Year first recorded2012
Year last recorded2014
Number of records10
Number of individuals14
Unique positions5
Unique locations5
Adult records10
Immature records0

For the county, we have a total of 10 records from 5 sites. First recorded in 2012.
 

Photos


1429 Melissoblaptes zelleri 02
© John William Cooper
1429 Melissoblaptes zelleri 01
© John William Cooper

Species Account


Argus 69, 2013: The first Yorkshire record was of a single moth in 2012, thought to be of a wandering individual from further south. That three further moths have occurred in the same area is intriguing.
 

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