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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 18-25mm.

Foodplant: Aspen, poplars and willows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records760422415593114
Number of individuals7334195101013201
Unique positions12011210613118
Unique locations12010810113316
Adult records740410399562112
Immature records51100

For the county, we have a total of 2304 records from 478 sites. First recorded in 1883.


71.020 Pale Prominent 04
© Andy Nunn
71.020 Pale Prominent 02
© Damian Money
71.020 Pale Prominent 01
© Damian Money
71.020 Pale Prominent 03
© Paul Kipling, 22 May 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Formerly rather local in Yorkshire but now being quite widely recorded in vice-counties 61 to 64. There is only a single VC65 record.

2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county but much less common in the west. Numbers have increased a little recently. Two distinct broods, the second being a little smaller.

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