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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: One generation, Jul-Oct.

Forewing: M 12-17mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees and shrubs.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291930190419401975
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records30819815342129
Number of individuals47323813757328
Unique positions998210215713
Unique locations917910014913
Adult records26615710637427
Immature records241220311

For the county, we have a total of 1109 records from 432 sites. First recorded in 1904.


72.017 Vapourer 08
© Andy Nunn
72.017 Vapourer 09 Larvae
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
72.017 Vapourer 07 male
© Dave Shenton
72.017 Vapourer 06 female and eggs
© Dave Shenton
72.017 Vapourer 05 larva
© Andy Nunn
72.017 Vapourer 04 Larva
© Ron Moat
72.017 Vapourer 02 female egg laying
© Charlie Streets, 12 Sep 2008
72.017 Vapourer 03 pair in cop.
© Charlie Streets, 12 Sep 2008
72.017 Vapourer 01 male
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded in all five vice-counties. Common at times in rural areas, including moorland, this species has also succeeded better than most at colonising the suburbs and even inner city areas. It has a wide range of foodplants, records in Yorkshire include garden roses, sallow, heather, osier, gooseberry, birch, beech and cranberry.

2012 (CHF): Most often encountered by day but occasionally coming to light. Commonest on the lower ground. Numbers have dropped recently especially in 2011 when there was a big fall to only 22 records.

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