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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Buckthorn.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041981195018831983
Year last recorded20142013201320142011
Number of records137395514
Number of individuals97325630
Unique positions11523222
Unique locations11518222
Adult records96294714
Immature records31230

For the county, we have a total of 128 records from 58 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.119 Dark Umber 02
© Dave Williamson, 24 Jul 2010
70.119 Dark Umber 01
© Charles Fletcher, 25 Jul 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Several localities for this formerly rare moth have been found since the early 1970s.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. High Batts, 29.7.1983 (SPW), 17.8.2002, 11.7.2003 (CHF, JCW, SPW), 6.8.2004 (JCW, SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): There has been a slow increase in numbers of records of this buckthorn-feeding species.

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