Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 11-14mm.

Foodplant: Red Campion.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records574348183524137
Number of individuals5454641711223185
Unique positions77779210122
Unique locations78788910119
Adult records562342156511136
Immature records10000

For the county, we have a total of 1766 records from 365 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.138 Sandy Carpet 04
© Damian Money
70.138 Sandy Carpet 03
© Tony Moverley, 8 Jul 2013
70.138 Sandy Carpet 02
© Andy Nunn
70.138 Sandy Carpet 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Found fairly commonly where red campion occurs in all five vice-counties, and has also been recorded from bladder campion in VC63 and probably white campion in VC64. Often found flying around the foodplant at dusk.

2012 (CHF): Widespread and doing well in the county.

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