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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 10-12mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18801967188318831978
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records224917335744270
Number of individuals4636198409666102
Unique positions10751111719
Unique locations11250107758
Adult records223317232942370
Immature records30000

For the county, we have a total of 3291 records from 352 sites. First recorded in 1880.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread, but only recorded commonly at one locality in South Yorkshire. It was suggested in the last list (YNU, 1970) that this was primarily a coastal species. There does not appear to be any evidence to support that view.

2012 (CHF): An extremely variable species. Widespread in small numbers across the county and commonest in coastal areas, particularly at Spurn. 55% of our records are from the Spurn area, but it seems to be less common here than it was in the 1990s.

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