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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 10-12mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18751953192619401974
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records433714369562353359
Number of individuals181854113183586371360
Unique positions15714517524039
Unique locations15714217824335
Adult records429814158972251351
Immature records21000

For the county, we have a total of 9441 records from 755 sites. First recorded in 1875.


73.176 Middle-barred Minor 02
© Terry Box, 7 Jun 2011
73.176 Middle-barred Minor 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: One of the easier Minors to distinguish. This species does appear to be genuinely common in all five vice-counties. In VC61 it has been noted to be particularly numerous in rough grassland in both wet and dry sites (PQW).

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county in grassy places in both upland and lowland areas. No recent changes in numbers or distribution. The biggest numbers come from the Spurn area eg 273 at Spurn on 15.6.1995.

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