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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Mar-May, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 14-23mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Hazel, other broadleaved plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041930184619401961
Year last recorded20152014201420152015
Number of records3828180813212985583
Number of individuals60022832180762361057
Unique positions16417918221849
Unique locations16117317723047
Adult records3788175112612901571
Immature records40201

For the county, we have a total of 10525 records from 788 sites. First recorded in 1846.


70.237 Early Thorn 07
© Andy Nunn
70.237 Early Thorn 06
© Andy Nunn
70.237 Early Thorn 05
© Derek Parkinson
70.237 Early Thorn 04
© Derek Parkinson
70.237 Early Thorn 03
© Paul Kipling, 23 Mar 2012
70.237 Early Thorn 02
© Damian Money
70.237 Early Thorn 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Well distributed and both broods are often common in all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): No change in status. Still common and widespread.

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