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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 7-9mm.

Foodplant: Ash.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831859188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records15554817224
Number of individuals284729111636
Unique positions2826332611
Unique locations2726332511
Adult records15351726323
Immature records10610

For the county, we have a total of 386 records from 122 sites. First recorded in 1859.


22.002 Prays fraxinella 09
© Terry Box, 10 Aug 2020
22.002 Prays fraxinella 08 larva on Ash
© Dave Shenton
22.002Prays fraxinella 07
© Andy Nunn
22.002 Prays fraxinella 06 normal and f. rustica
© Paul Millard
22.002 Prays fraxinella 05 pupa and reticulated cocoon
© Dave Shenton
22.002 Prays fraxinella 04
© Derek Parkinson
22.002 Prays fraxinella 03
© Ian Marshall, 26 June 2011
22.002 Prays fraxinella 02 f. rustica
© Charles Fletcher, 9 May 2011
22.002 Prays fraxinella 01 f. rustica
© Charles Fletcher, 25 Jun 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and often common throughout all five vice-counties, the dark form rusticus (Haworth) is the predominant one in the south of VC63 where typical moths are uncommon.

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