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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: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Willows, sallows and poplars.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831954188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records3088924937157
Number of individuals3331073061142103
Unique positions5529738017
Unique locations5929728015
Adult records3028822934956
Immature records10230

For the county, we have a total of 1074 records from 255 sites. First recorded in 1880.


73.222 Dingy Shears 05
© Andrew Rhodes
73.222 Dingy Shears 04
© Andy Nunn
73.222 Dingy Shears 03
© Damian Money
73.222 Dingy Shears 02
© Damian Money
73.222 Dingy Shears 01
© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recent records for this species are quite widespread on lower ground. Most have been of adults rather than larvae which are said to be more easily found, especially on crack and white willow (SMJ pers. comm.).

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. High Batts, 21.7.1984 (SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Widespread across lowland areas of the county. Previously reported in small numbers; there has been a major increase in the last two years with a surprising 134 records in 2011. The biggest numbers come from the north of VC64 eg 22 at Bishop Monkton on 15.7.2005.

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