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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Sallows, Aspen, Billberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19831992197418831914
Year last recorded20142013201420142010
Number of records362248142
Number of individuals30205391
Unique positions201730122
Unique locations191730102
Adult records362143142
Immature records01200

For the county, we have a total of 122 records from 78 sites. First recorded in 1883.


1789 Scallop Shell 04
© Terry Box, 24 Jun 2017
1789 Scallop Shell 02
© Andy Nunn
1789 Scallop Shell 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There have recently been several records for this species from vice-counties 61, 63 and 64. Previously it had not been recorded since 1914 (YNU, 1970), although Walsh (1956) mentions several 'of late years'.

2012 (CHF): Local in the county in damp woodland and sallow scrub. There are recent records from all five VCs. It is only ever encountered in small numbers and may not come strongly to light.

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