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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 10-12mm.

Foodplant: Thistles.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19832004198719952002
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records53210887617
Number of individuals7511111114118
Unique positions61725187
Unique locations62725176
Adult records53210887517
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 723 records from 117 sites. First recorded in 1983.


1380 Phlyctaenia perlucidalis 04
© Nick Lawman
1380 Phlyctaenia perlucidalis 03
© Andy Nunn
1380 Phlyctaenia perlucidalis 02
© Terry Box
1380 Phlyctaenia perlucidalis 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A moth which is extending its range, these (two) Yorkshire records are presently the most northerly in Britain.

Beaumont, 2002: Has become more widely and frequently reported in the south of the County since 1989.
VC64. Cawood, 1995 det. HEB (JP). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 47, 2004: This moth has spread rapidly during the past few years and is now reported widely. Now recorded from all five vice-counties although most frequent in vice-counties 61 and 63.
VC62. Sand Hutton Common, 8.6.2004 (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 14.7.2002, 26.7 & 10.8.2004 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): The first at Rudston (VC61) in 1982 was probably a wander from further south. Next reported from Rossington (VC63) in 1987, then during the 1990s became widespread in the south of the county with the first VC64 record in 1995. Now recorded in all five Yorkshire vice-counties although less common in the northern half of Yorkshire.

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