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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 11-14mm.

Foodplant: Tufted Hair-grass.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records13238023582279211
Number of individuals153914163736558700
Unique positions11411911120138
Unique locations12111710919736
Adult records12897763152210200
Immature records04001

For the county, we have a total of 4973 records from 580 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.147 Small Dotted Buff 04
© Terry Box, 12 Jul 2020
73.147 Small Dotted Buff 03
© Andy Nunn
73.147 Small Dotted Buff 02
© Terry Box
73.147 Small Dotted Buff 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Quite widely distributed and sometimes locally common in suitable damp habitats.

2012 (CHF): Still widespread all over the county but numbers have decreased recently and it is quite uncommon in much of VC63 where it is rather local. It can be locally common in damp grassland eg 113 at Foxglove Covert, Catterick on 22.6.2007.

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