Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mar-May.

Forewing: 13-17mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees. Birches, sallows, oaks, Hazel.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291939192619401976
Year last recorded20152014201520152015
Number of records5253241626324277980
Number of individuals232021237517593390569676
Unique positions12913017920742
Unique locations12912817521943
Adult records5221238525613975972
Immature records130960

For the county, we have a total of 15558 records from 694 sites. First recorded in 1926.


73.244 Common Quaker 07 larva
© Andy Nunn
73.244 Common Quaker 06 unusual form
© Nick Lawman
73.244 Common Quaker 05
© Nick Lawman
73.244 Common Quaker 04
© Paul Holmes, Mar 2007
73.244 Common Quaker 03
© Andy Nunn
73.244 Common Quaker 02 larva
© Derek Parkinson
73.244 Common Quaker 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Frequent to common throughout all five vice-counties and a major feature of the spring insect fauna. The larvae feed on a wide variety of trees including hawthorn, ash and oak (PQW pers. comm.).

Beaumont, 2002:
VC63. Elland, 3.12.2000 (Talbot, 2001). An exceptionally early occurrence of a moth that usually flies February to early May.

2012 (CHF): Widespread and common across all of the county and often appearing in huge numbers eg 916 on 9.4.2010 at Ellington Banks. There were more December records in 2004 and 2011.

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