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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug, (Sep).

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Delphiniums and Larkspur.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291901192619571979
Year last recorded20142013201420142014
Number of records764312722312
Number of individuals482411025113
Unique positions272139633
Unique locations302240653
Adult records653311020312
Immature records00060

For the county, we have a total of 481 records from 160 sites. First recorded in 1901.


73.014 Golden Plusia 05
© Ken McCann, 16 Jul 2017
73.014 Golden Plusia 04
© Andy Nunn
73.014 Golden Plusia 03
© Ian Andrews
73.014 Golden Plusia 02
© Damian Money
73.014 Golden Plusia 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: First recorded in Yorkshire in 1901 (YNU, 1970 suppl.), this species became quite widespread in suburban areas but seems to have declined again slightly. Recorded quite frequently from all five vice-counties but rare away from gardens. In Meanwood, Leeds (VC64) larvae were found on Delphiniums only a year after being grown from seed, a rapid colonisation! (GB pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): Not a common moth in the county with about ten records per year, virtually all from gardens growing delphiniums. Almost all records are of single moths. There are surprisingly few records of larvae on the database. Occasional records in September are suggestive of a partial second generation.

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