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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Presumed extinct

Local Status: Very rare and very local. No recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Late Apr-May.

Forewing: 18-20mm.

Foodplant: Bilberry

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18611850
Year last recorded18611861
Number of records12
Number of individuals00
Unique positions12
Unique locations12
Adult records12
Immature records00

For the county, we have a total of 3 records from 3 sites. First recorded in 1850.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded since Porritt (1883-86) and not recorded from elsewhere in Britain since 1965 (Skinner, 1984). It was previously well known on moors near Sheffield (VC63) and Ripon (VC64) but there had been no definite record for many years before Porritt was writing. Skinner (1984) comments that being so local and easily overlooked it is unlikely to be extinct, so it may be that there is some remote part of Yorkshire where this species still holds on.

Current status (CHF, 2011): Last recorded 1850. Formerly resident on Dallowgill and Blubberhouses Moors, it would be a major sensation if a small population was still hanging on undetected. There have been no British records since 1965.

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