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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Aug.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Bramble, Dewberry, Raspberry and Hazel.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records2563335715
Number of individuals1135313913
Unique positions184521427
Unique locations184521387
Adult records2056324515
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 193 records from 129 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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© Damian Money
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© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed in woodland where the larvae can be found feeding on wild raspberry. Only slightly attracted to light and not generally found in large numbers.

2012 (CHF): Still widely distributed in lowland woodland but in small numbers. It does come to light (as in all five records in 2011) but is often disturbed in the daytime.

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