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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug, (Sep-Oct).

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Garden Privet, Honeysuckle.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420141880
Number of records20982111701771
Number of individuals30613081841990
Unique positions1062942281
Unique locations1132942281
Adult records20862071641710
Immature records20000

For the county, we have a total of 2657 records from 213 sites. First recorded in 1880.


70.024 Small Blood-vein 05
© Terry Box, 28 Sep 2020
70.024 Small Blood-vein 04
© Terry Box, 4 Jul 2017
70.024 Small Blood-vein 03
© Paul Holmes
70.024 Small Blood-vein 02
© Andy Nunn
70.024 Small Blood-vein 01
© Ron Moat

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Only previously recorded from Kilnsea and Skipwith (YNU, 1970), there have been many recent records from new localities, however this moth is still generally local and uncommon.

2012 (CHF): This moth is commoner than the comments in Sutton and Beaumont suggested in 1989. There is now a second generation in the county and the suggestion of a small increase in range further north.

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