Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Recorded all year, mainly May-Oct.

Forewing: 21-25mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291930184618861960
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records95052586238031851124
Number of individuals205785097306068293116
Unique positions18914525127345
Unique locations18013725628042
Adult records94532548223530591111
Immature records13219122

For the county, we have a total of 18780 records from 895 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.113 Angle Shades 07
© Nancy Stedman
73.113 Angle Shades 06
© Nick Lawman
73.113 Angle Shades 05
© Andy Nunn
73.113 Angle Shades 04
© Damian Money
73.113 Angle Shades 03
© Charles Fletcher, 2 Sep 2005
73.113 Angle Shades 02
© Paul Kipling, 9 Apr 2012
73.113 Angle Shades 01
© Alan Miller

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded and often common throughout all five vice-counties, although becoming scarcer northwards. Summer specimens produce an autumn brood which is usually swelled by immigration and, in such circumstances, the species is often very numerous.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the whole county. This is one of the very few species which is recorded in every month of the year. There was a significant drop in numbers in 2010 and 2011.

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