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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Aug.

Forewing: 22-28mm.

Foodplant: Aspen, poplars, sallows and willows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883183718831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records2068588310929410
Number of individuals25866323371581593
Unique positions1109111115039
Unique locations1148910614836
Adult records2032571266863406
Immature records150100

For the county, we have a total of 4305 records from 493 sites. First recorded in 1837.


71.017 Swallow Prominent 05
© Nancy Stedman
71.017 Swallow Prominent 04
© Tony Moverley, 20 Aug 2017
71.017 Swallow Prominent 03
© Paul Kipling, 6 May 2011
71.017 Swallow Prominent 02
© Damian Money
71.017 Swallow Prominent 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded fairly frequently from vice-counties 61 to 64, but less widely in VC65. Slightly more widely distributed than the previous species [Lesser Swallow Prominent] in the east of the County and often also more common.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across all of the county in two overlapping broods with similar range and numbers to Swallow Prominent.

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