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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Possible very rare resident, very rare migrant/wanderer

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul, (partial Aug-Sep).

Forewing: 11-14mm.

Foodplant: Fungi.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded189619992011
Year last recorded200819992011
Number of records611
Number of individuals411
Unique positions511
Unique locations611
Adult records611
Immature records000

For the county, we have a total of 8 records from 8 sites. First recorded in 1896.


72.066 Waved Black 03
© Phil Lee
72.066 Waved Black 02
© Dave Shenton
72.066 Waved Black 01
© Dave Williamson, 31 Jul 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1987: This is a local moth in southern Britain. The first Yorkshire specimen since Porritt (1904) was found at Spurn (VC61) on 23.7.1982 by B.R. Spence. A second individual was captured at Skipwith Common (VC61) on 13.8.1988 by T. Higginbottom and A.S. Ezard. This is an unusual species which feeds on fungus.

Argus 63, 2011: A Nationally Scarce B moth whose larvae feed on fungi on rotting trees. A new site, far away from previous records.
VC64. Horsforth, 27.6.2011 (NF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): There have now been six records since Porritt's 1904 description of one found in a Hull shipbuilding yard in 1896. This was a typical site for such early records which often came from slime moulds growing on rotting timbers in docks. The larvae now are more likely to feed on fungi on rotting trees in damp woodland. This is not a common moth in the north of England and there are no records further north. The Spurn records may be of migrants.

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