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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: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 13-20mm.

Foodplant: Nettles.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19521883188318831984
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records474989719082169617
Number of individuals1766525776408142487065
Unique positions18013323117539
Unique locations17213221617436
Adult records473787918492115615
Immature records102220

For the county, we have a total of 10340 records from 730 sites. First recorded in 1883.


63.038 Pleuroptya ruralis 04 larva on Nettle
© Dave Shenton
63.038 Pleuroptya ruralis 03
© Andy Nunn
63.038 Pleuroptya ruralis 02
© Dave Williamson
63.038 Pleuroptya ruralis 01
© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and very common among nettles throughout all five vice-counties.

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