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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1949188320001967
Year last recorded2014201420142010
Number of records2149392694
Number of individuals58913428275
Unique positions4219511
Unique locations4819516
Adult records2145362693
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 2308 records from 88 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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© Ian Marshall, 15 Sep 2007

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This mainly coastal species is now spreading again in Yorkshire. It has been re-recorded from its Scarborough haunts mentioned by Porritt (1883-86) and other coastal areas as well as at several new inland localities. This is unusual for this species so far north.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC63. Elland, 25.9.2000 det. HEB (PT). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): This is predominantly a coastal moth in the UK and it is doing well in Yorkshire particularly at Flamborough and Spurn. We also have two unusual inland sites where it is recorded regularly; Knaresborough where it has been known since the 1960s and in Calderdale where it was discovered in 2000 and seems to be resident. Records occasionally come from other inland sites but these seem to be wandering individuals.

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