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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Uncommon and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Jun-Aug, Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Marram grass.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18741994
Year last recorded20142009
Number of records11104
Number of individuals17566
Unique positions224
Unique locations274
Adult records11104
Immature records00

For the county, we have a total of 1114 records from 31 sites. First recorded in 1874.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The only Yorkshire locality for this species is Spurn (VC61) where it seems well established and one or two are taken most years at light (BRS). It might reasonably be expected to also occur on the sandhills at South Gare, Redcar, which is a similar habitat to Spurn in many ways.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC62. Redcar, 23.7.1994 (MRB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): The colony at Spurn continues to do well with 95 records of 195 moths in 2011. There have been further scattered records at Teesside in 2008 and 9.

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