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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: RDB3

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Jun-Jul, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Uncertain in the wild. (feeds on several plants in captivity)

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20031859
Year last recorded20031859
Number of records11
Number of individuals10
Unique positions11
Unique locations11
Adult records11
Immature records00

For the county, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. First recorded in 1859.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded since Porritt (1883-86, 1904). In Porritt's main list (1881-86) there were only two records, both from VC62 in 1858/59. The nearest known recent record is from Derbyshire in 1985 (Harrison & Sterling, 1986). Skinner (in litt. 1989) has drawn attention to Allis (1859) and Birks (1859) which in total refer to three specimens from the Strensall Common area.

2012 (CHF): There has been one further record, from Spurn on 7.8.2003 - probably a migrant, as the main population of this moth is in the Brecks and along the Suffolk coast.

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