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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Apr-May.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831953183218831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records3124245395923352
Number of individuals109212726033398804
Unique positions100437511221
Unique locations102417411519
Adult records3108234373802347
Immature records30000

For the county, we have a total of 5039 records from 351 sites. First recorded in 1832.


73.247 Powdered Quaker 05
© Dave Shenton
73.247 Powdered Quaker 04
© Andy Nunn
73.247 Powdered Quaker 03
© Paul Kipling
73.247 Powdered Quaker 02
© Damian Money
73.247 Powdered Quaker 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread in vice-counties 61 to 64 and often common among sallows in the south of the County. Only recorded from one site in the south of VC65 (Baldersby St James, 1982 and 1984 (RIS trap 315, TAP)).

2012 (CHF): Widespread and common across most of the county and numbers seem to have increased a little recently. This species flies a little later than the other Orthosia species.

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