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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291953194019391961
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records446385312371568494
Number of individuals79881293227354301509
Unique positions15911518718736
Unique locations15811018019634
Adult records442682611791484488
Immature records10001

For the county, we have a total of 8615 records from 678 sites. First recorded in 1929.


73.298 Clay 06 underside
© Terry Box, 11 Aug 2020
73.298 Clay 05
© Terry Box, 11 Aug 2020
73.298 Clay 03
© Andy Nunn
73.298 Clay 04
© Terry Box, 24 Jun 2017
73.298 Clay 02
© Paul Kipling, 16 Jul 2010
73.298 Clay 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and sometimes common. Recorded from all five vice-counties where there is rough grassland. The larvae can be found at night in spring feeding on cock's-foot and tor grass as well as other grass species (PQW pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county in grassy places in good numbers and often coming into gardens. No recent changes in distribution or numbers.

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