Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Common and Heath Milkwort.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318832002
Year last recorded20052014197119982002
Number of records972543
Number of individuals582037
Unique positions940543
Unique locations734542
Adult records964543
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 93 records from 52 sites. First recorded in 1883.


72.067 Small Purple-barred 02 f. fusca
© Dave Shenton
72.067 Small Purple-barred 01
© Graham Feathestone

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Now recorded from vice-counties 61-63, although its main stronghold would still seem to be in VC62. This is a species which could easily be missed as it is relatively small and flies rapidly in sunlight. Another species which is recorded from the Teesdale fells in VC66 (Dunn & Parrack, 1986) although not from our side of the river.

2012 (CHF): The majority of our records still come from upland areas in the east of VC62 though there are scattered records from other parts of the county.

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