Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Feb-May.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Oaks. Downy Birch, sallows, Hazel.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201520152015
Number of records1256124811881852486
Number of individuals39225049363797302137
Unique positions9911112216031
Unique locations10111011716830
Adult records1246122911671746484
Immature records30300

For the county, we have a total of 6030 records from 526 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.245 Small Quaker 05
© Andy Nunn
73.245 Small Quaker 04
© Nick Lawman
73.245 Small Quaker 03 larva
© Andy Nunn
73.245 Small Quaker 02
© Damian Money
73.245 Small Quaker 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties but not usually common.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across all five vice-counties with an increase in recent years. 2011 brought record numbers and 2012 seems to have brought a further increase. Big numbers can occur in broadleaved woodland in Spring eg 357 at Ellington Banks on 23.3.2011.

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