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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 16-18mm.

Foodplant: Goose-foots, Oraches.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19491883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142012
Number of records33475197767
Number of individuals325802227311
Unique positions542972397
Unique locations582968397
Adult records32960174627
Immature records00100

For the county, we have a total of 689 records from 201 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.069 Dark Spinach 04
© John Gardner
70.069 Dark Spinach 03
© Andy Nunn
70.069 Dark Spinach 02
© Charles Fletcher, 8 Jul 2009
70.069 Dark Spinach 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Apparently very local. There are odd records from each vice-county except VC65, although it is reported to be abundant in Northumberland and Durham (Dunn & Parrack, 1986) so it may well also be present here.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 8.7.1999 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): We now have records from all five vice-counties This species is now in national decline and in Yorkshire this has been evident in the last ten years. We only received 15 records in 2011 though these were from all five VCs.

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