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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Apr-Jun.

Forewing: 18-21mm.

Foodplant: Garden Privet, Lilac and Jasmine.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19121883188318831977
Year last recorded20152014201420152015
Number of records4411574821589
Number of individuals47018850299124
Unique positions10159245714
Unique locations10161205814
Adult records4321554520189
Immature records10000

For the county, we have a total of 950 records from 254 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species has spread again since declining earlier in the century (YNU, 1970). Now recorded from all five vice-counties with regular records from some areas.

2012 (CHF): Widespread in lowland Yorkshire where it is doing well, though in VC63 it is less common and only present in the east. The first example of a second brood individual in the county occurred at North Ferriby on 28.8.2011.

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