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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mar-May.

Forewing: 7mm.

Foodplant: Heather, Bilberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1983188319562013
Year last recorded2014201420132013
Number of records101831
Number of individuals2713358
Unique positions71331
Unique locations51331
Adult records101721
Immature records0010

For the county, we have a total of 32 records from 22 sites. First recorded in 1883.


1009 Philedonides lunana 03
© Dave Williamson
1009 Philedonides lunana 02 female
© Derek Parkinson
1009 Philedonides lunana 01
© Charlie Streets, Apr.16th 2010.

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989:
VC62. Farndale, 24.4.1983 (MRB).
VC63. Widely recorded and often common on the Pennine moors, also recorded at Wheatley Wood, Doncaster between 1891 and 1920 by HHC (Porritt, 1904; Beaumont, 1981a).
VC64. Malham Tarn, three larvae in spun leaves of Vaccinium and Potentilla, July 1956 (Michaelis, 1963).

Argus 69, 2013: Flying early in the year this moth of open moorland is often under-recorded.
VC65. Cronkley Fell, several 7.5.2013 (DWi, PSI et al.) NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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