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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Buckthorn.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1940188318831984
Year last recorded1984201420111984
Number of records72871
Number of individuals23311
Unique positions51661
Unique locations41261
Adult records22521
Immature records3220

For the county, we have a total of 43 records from 23 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.118 Brown Scallop 02 female
© Dave Williamson
70.118 Brown Scallop 01 male
© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species has reappeared at several localities in the last few years. Buckthorn, the larval foodplant for several species in this group, is at its north-eastern limit in Yorkshire and is scarce in many areas. This may be the limiting factor on their distribution.

2012 (CHF): This moth remains extremely local in the county but we have a few recent records from areas with buckthorn along the magnesian limestone belt.

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