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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: One generation. Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Common Bird's-foot-trefoil.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883188319501883
Year last recorded2014198719801883
Number of records27581
Number of individuals14180
Unique positions13561
Unique locations14561
Adult records21331
Immature records1000

For the county, we have a total of 41 records from 26 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.043 Chalk Carpet 02
© Ian Marshall, 29 Oct 2011
70.043 Chalk Carpet 01
© Mike Pearson, 17 Jul 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Formerly confined to the coast in Yorkshire. This species has moved inland slightly to an area in the Wolds but has not been reported recently from the Filey area. There are also some Sheffield records, presumably strays from the Derbyshire limestone areas of VC57.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Flamborough south landing, 1994; Wharram Quarry, 10.7.1995, 30.7.1999 (ASE); North Grimston quarry, 30.7.1996 (MRB).

2012 (CHF): The only records since 2000 have been from the Flamborough area and it seems to have disappeared from some of its old haunts. One at Flamborough on 29.10.2011 was exceptionally late for this species which flies in July and is not known to be bivoltine.

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