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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291964192618861969
Year last recorded20152014201420142015
Number of records89102923279657311084
Number of individuals1788460386120180463150
Unique positions21921228235875
Unique locations21219727935669
Adult records88282882266453901072
Immature records363101

For the county, we have a total of 21444 records from 1113 sites. First recorded in 1886.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and sometimes common in all five vice-counties. Recorded from most types of habitat, although less frequent in moorland areas.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county in many different habitats. A small second brood in August/September became regular after 2000 and has grown in size to be half as big as the first brood. This has fuelled a rise in numbers of records in the last few years. This species has the reputation of entering the ears of moth trappers standing near the light. Do let us know if this has happened to you!

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