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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 12-16mm.

Foodplant: Various low-growing herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1951
Year last recorded2012
Number of records25
Number of individuals27
Unique positions8
Unique locations10
Adult records25
Immature records0

For the county, we have a total of 25 records from 10 sites. First recorded in 1951.


70.294 Yellow Belle 02
© Barry Spence, 20 May 2006
70.294 Yellow Belle 01
© Dave Williamson, 10 Jun 2006

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The only Yorkshire specimen of this moth was captured at Spurn (VC61) on 15 or 16 June 1951 by S.M. Jackson (YNU, 1970; Sutton & Spence, 1947a). It is normally found as far up the east coast as Lincolnshire but no other specimens have been found in our County.

2012 (CHF): This moth has become more regular at Spurn in the last ten years. An inland record at Wheldrake in 2010 was followed by more in 2011. The source of these records may the sedum matting on the roof of the reserve base as this came from Norfolk.

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