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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Birches, Alder, Hazel and Oaks.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records9724720720015
Number of individuals13333831728032
Unique positions389193858
Unique locations358990848
Adult records8923618118314
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 766 records from 306 sites. First recorded in 1883.


65.013 Common Lutestring 07
© Terry Box
65.013 Common Lutestring 06
© Terry Box, 5 Jun 2015
65.013 Common Lutestring 05
© Tony Moverley, 12 Jun 2015
65.013 Common Lutestring 04
© Andy Nunn
65.013 Common Lutestring 03
© Andy Nunn
65.013 Common Lutestring 02
© Alan Draper
65.013 Common Lutestring 01
© Ian Marshall, 4 Jul 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Locally common in wooded localities in vice-counties 61-64 but seemingly absent from the north-west (though recorded in Upper Teesdale in VC66 (Dunn & Parrack, 1986)). This is the most frequently recorded of this group of moths and is often more attracted to sugar than light.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Magdalen Wood 13.5.2003 (JCW, SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Fairly widespread in small numbers in light woodland, especially amongst birches.

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