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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: M 22-26mm. F 26-34mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees. Birches, sallows, oaks, Hazel.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831953188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records1147669487993254
Number of individuals15458235961734479
Unique positions11510011617734
Unique locations1139711318430
Adult records1118647435924248
Immature records92972

For the county, we have a total of 3550 records from 537 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and sometimes common in vice-counties 61 to 64 but only recorded as rare from two sites in VC65. It is often found in woodland and parkland situations as well as where similar conditions are created by gardens in suburban areas. Also recorded from some moorland sites in north VC62 and west VC64.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across all of the county in both upland and lowland areas. Numbers seem to be stable.

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