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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 17-22mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831857188318831883
Year last recorded20142013195818831883
Number of records5711631
Number of individuals5210100
Unique positions217631
Unique locations217631
Adult records5710631
Immature records01000

For the county, we have a total of 78 records from 38 sites. First recorded in 1857.


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© Ian Marshall, 21 Sep 2009

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Now even more local than formerly (YNU, 1970) and almost entirely restricted to the coast.

2012 (CHF): In Porritt's day this species was much more common in Yorkshire and he described it as widely distributed and common in 1883. By the time of Rutherford's list in 1970 it had declined considerably. It is now a rare moth in the county; the main British Population being south of a line from the Wash to the Bristol Channel and in south Wales. Yorkshire records are now virtually all coastal as far north as Scarborough and we have small numbers of recent records from several different sites although none were reported in 2011.

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