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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 10mm.

Foodplant: Wild Thyme.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19971859188320131883
Year last recorded20081965188320131883
Number of records64131
Number of individuals02030
Unique positions44131
Unique locations34131
Adult records64131
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 15 records from 12 sites. First recorded in 1859.


45.033 Merrifieldia leucodactyla 02
© Paul Millard
45.033 Merrifieldia leucodactyla 01
© Paul Millard

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Very local, only recorded from VC62 in recent years.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Wharram Quarry, commonly 19.7.1997 (NG). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 69, 2013:
VC64. Kilnsey, 8 & 10.7.2013 (PMi); High Brae, Scar Edge, 11.7.2013 (TMW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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