Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 12-15mm

Foodplant: Pignut, on the flowers and seeds

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records175221155680173
Number of individuals13551958248240563023
Unique positions8613768363108
Unique locations801136333692
Adult records147189123641162
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 1404 records from 684 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.130 Chimney Sweeper 02
© Andy Nunn
70.130 Chimney Sweeper 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded and locally common in all five vice-counties. This species is a good indicator of old hay meadows and tends to disappear where natural grassland sites are reseeded in agricultural areas.

2012 (CHF): This species is doing fairly well in hay meadows. There is a lack of records however in south and east VC63 presumably due to agricultural practices.

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