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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Apr-Jun.

Forewing: 19-22mm.

Foodplant: Barberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041980188318831987
Year last recorded19041980200620071988
Number of records113112
Number of individuals01147
Unique positions11381
Unique locations11381
Adult records11172
Immature records00120

For the county, we have a total of 18 records from 14 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Probably under-recorded, since Skinner (1984) states it is rarely noted in the adult stage except occasionally at light. There are few recent records.

Argus 52, 2006: The first record since 1996.
VC63. Stainton, larvae on barberry (Berberis vulgaris) 28.6.2006 (MG). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Still very local in the county and infrequently recorded with only two post-2000 records. Larval searches on barberry might show that this species is commoner than we think.

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