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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 17-22mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291958189418861976
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records11127749111256113
Number of individuals1170107711882255165
Unique positions886012715632
Unique locations906012516432
Adult records10747588551210109
Immature records21840

For the county, we have a total of 4166 records from 471 sites. First recorded in 1886.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded in all five vice-counties and usually regular in small numbers. This is another species which has adapted well to suburban situations and is often most frequent around towns and villages where it is attracted to flowers in gardens.

2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county in a variety of habitats but commonest in urban areas.

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