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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Nov, (mostly Jul-Sep)

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1997
Year last recorded2014
Number of records78
Number of individuals86
Unique positions9
Unique locations10
Adult records78
Immature records0

For the county, we have a total of 78 records from 10 sites. First recorded in 1997.


73.297 White-point 03
© Damian Money
73.297 White-point 02
© Barry Spence, 8 Aug 2011
73.297 White-point 01
© Ian Marshall, 20 Aug 2011

Species Account

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Spurn, 10.6.1997 (BRS). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Following the 1997 record this species was not seen in the county until large numbers were reported at Spurn in 2004 (13 records) and 2005 (28 records) with more further up the coast at Atwick and Muston. It was thought to be resident at Spurn but then numbers dropped to very low numbers between 2006 and 2010. In 2011 there was an increase to 12 records (all at Spurn) so perhaps it is resident again. This species seems to be doing very well in East Anglia and the south-east of England. Take care not to confuse it with Clay.

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