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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 17-24mm.

Foodplant: Sallows, Willow, Aspen other Poplars

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records1229497349884245
Number of individuals11005003801911399
Unique positions9611312014827
Unique locations9511011415224
Adult records1200476309833233
Immature records170433

For the county, we have a total of 3204 records from 495 sites. First recorded in 1883.


71.013 Pebble Prominent 05 larva on Sallow
© Dave Shenton
71.013 Pebble Prominent 04
© Andy Nunn
71.013 Pebble Prominent 03
© Damian Money
71.013 Pebble Prominent 02
© Jill Warwick
71.013 Pebble Prominent 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species now seems more widespread than N. dromedarius Linnaeus in some areas but this may be a reflection of trapping sites and habitat preferences rather than a true change in status. Quite frequently recorded from vice-counties 63 (but much less frequent than dromedarius (HEB) ) and 64, but rather more sparse in the other three.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across most of the county and numbers seem to have increased a little. Commonest in woodland with sallows and often coming into gardens.

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