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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid May-Sep.

Forewing: 12-14mm.

Foodplant: Heather and Bilberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records2776171512
Number of individuals21100141712
Unique positions142710145
Unique locations142611145
Adult records2574131011
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 147 records from 70 sites. First recorded in 1883.


62.012 Matilella fusca 03
© Terry Box
62.012 Matilella fusca 02
© Charles Fletcher, 19 Jul 2002
62.012 Matilella fusca 01
© Terry Box, 8 Jun 2007

Species Account

Similar species: Most likely to be confused with 1450 Ortholepis betulae, which see for differences, and the southern species 1486 Apomyelois bistriatella which has several records in the south of Yorkshire.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and common on the moors and heaths throughout the County and often in small numbers well away from such habitat. Occurs in all five vice-counties.

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