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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 5-6mm.

Foodplant: Cock's-foot, Annual Meadow-grass and Smooth Meadow-grass.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19491859188320142003
Year last recorded20062013190420142003
Number of records43211
Number of individuals51011
Unique positions33211
Unique locations33211
Adult records41011
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 11 records from 10 sites. First recorded in 1859.


17.014 Ochsenheimeria taurella 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Quite widespread and locally common, recorded from vice-counties 61 to 64.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 5.7.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2014 (CHF): An unusual rather shaggy-looking species of grassland. It can be a little elusive and is said to fly in sunshine between 12:00 and 14:00. We now have records from all five vice-counties. The thickened hairy bases to the antennae and the erect scales on the forewings are characteristic.

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