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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jun.

Forewing: 16-19mm

Foodplant: Seedlings of Downy and Silver Birch and also on Bog-myrtle

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883185718831883
Year last recorded1950201419932014
Number of records3142519
Number of individuals031266
Unique positions2121711
Unique locations39178
Adult records1122215
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 61 records from 37 sites. First recorded in 1857.


70.120 Argent and Sable 03
© Nick Lawman
70.120 Argent and Sable 02
© Damian Money
70.120 Argent and Sable 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A local and mainly day-flying moth, seemingly now quite scarce with few records since 1970.

2012 (CHF): A National BAP species which has declined all over England though it is still doing fairly well in the north-west of Scotland. The only post-2000 records have been from its old site at Bishop Wood and in 2011 from an unexpected new site in VC62 near Boltby.

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