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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: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Common and Spiny Restharrow.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18751883198919591883
Year last recorded20142014201320142005
Number of records6465713124
Number of individuals926741593
Unique positions4727763
Unique locations4824763
Adult records636551394
Immature records61010

For the county, we have a total of 732 records from 88 sites. First recorded in 1875.


73.070 Bordered Sallow 05
© Andy Nunn
73.070 Bordered Sallow 04
© Damian Money
73.070 Bordered Sallow 03
© Charles Fletcher, 19 Jul 2005
73.070 Bordered Sallow 02
© Damian Money
73.070 Bordered Sallow 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There have been a few more records of this species in recent years. However, it is still most frequent on the coast and very sporadic inland. It probably occurs wherever there is an adequate supply of restharrow, which tends to only grow in coastal areas and on calcareous soils.

2012 (CHF): This is mainly a coastal moth in Yorkshire with the main colonies at Spurn, Teesside and Flamborough though it occasionally turns up at scattered inland sites. There was a crash in numbers in 2008 with only four records in the county that year but the situation improved in 2011 with 41 records.

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