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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jul.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Bilberry, Bog Myrtle, Creeping Willow, Heather.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20112014201120142015
Number of records8774619431
Number of individuals31502346559
Unique positions742337420
Unique locations741367619
Adult records5732818827
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 356 records from 179 sites. First recorded in 1883.


2162 Glaucous Shears 05
© Terry Box, 21 Apr 2011
2162 Glaucous Shears 04
© Andy Nunn
2162 Glaucous Shears 03
© Tony Moverley 19th May 2014
2162 Glaucous Shears 02
© Damian Money
2162 Glaucous Shears 01
© Terry Box, 10 May 2008

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Probably locally common on many of the moors in vice-counties 62-65. Occasional in other habitats in all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): Not uncommon in upland areas in May and June. It occasionally wanders to lower ground several miles away from suitable habitat. One at Spurn on 25.5.2010 could have been an immigrant as there are no populations anywhere nearby.

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