Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Bracken.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420152015
Number of records333778582861138
Number of individuals1771235817911836179
Unique positions8822021723041
Unique locations8419421022439
Adult records318748524809130
Immature records10000

For the county, we have a total of 2692 records from 751 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Often abundant among bracken but may stray far from its food plant. Recorded from all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): Common wherever bracken occurs - ie all over the county apart from parts of VC61. Often disturbed in the daytime.

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