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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, late May-Jun, Jul-Sep. Overwinters to Spring.

Forewing: 6-7mm.

Foodplant: Bittersweet and Woody Nightshade.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19601985197718832001
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records883967315
Number of individuals1144773325
Unique positions19821162
Unique locations21821162
Adult records883964315
Immature records00300

For the county, we have a total of 230 records from 68 sites. First recorded in 1883.


35.123 Scrobipalpa costella 06
© Terry Box, 16 May 2020
35.123 Scrobipalpa costella 05
© Andy Nunn
35.123 Scrobipalpa costella 04 larva in mine on Bittersweet
© Dave Shenton
35.123 Scrobipalpa costella 03 tenanted mines on Bittersweet
© Dave Shenton
35.123 Scrobipalpa costella 02
© Ian Marshall, 17 Aug 2012
35.123 Scrobipalpa costella 01
© Charles Fletcher, 23 Nov 2001

Species Account

Beaumont, 2002:
VC62. Appletree Village, York, 8.9.1985, 30.5.1990 (MRB); Haxby, July 1994 det. HEB (TJC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 23.11.2001 det. HEB (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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