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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: RDB2

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Various broad-leaved trees and shrubs, including Hawthorn, Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded196018571883
Year last recorded196020141991
Number of records1348
Number of individuals0131
Unique positions1246
Unique locations1215
Adult records0226
Immature records161

For the county, we have a total of 43 records from 27 sites. First recorded in 1857.


72.018 Scarce Vapourer 03 male
© Ron Moat
72.018 Scarce Vapourer 02 female
© Ron Moat
72.018 Scarce Vapourer 01 larva
© Ron Moat

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This rare species is now even more local than formerly, there being no recent VC61 records. Most records are of larvae.

Beaumont, 2002: For a recent comprehensive assessment and listing of historical Yorkshire records see Howes, 2000 (Naturalist 125:121-135).
VC64. Bishop Wood, a single larva beaten 13.9.1991 (Jackson, 1993b).

2012 (CHF): The range in Yorkshire has contracted further and all recent records are from the south-east corner of VC63.

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