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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Apr-May.

Forewing: 19-24mm.

Foodplant: Mullians, figworts and buddleias

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831930188318631976
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records292396210439
Number of individuals212719813988
Unique positions7221455817
Unique locations7521446018
Adult records25127386221
Immature records347152716

For the county, we have a total of 536 records from 218 sites. First recorded in 1863.


73.058 Mullein 04 larva
© Andy Nunn
73.058 Mullein 03
© Paul Kipling, 31 Mar 2009
73.058 Mullein 02 larva
© Ian Andrews
73.058 Mullein 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Often recorded both as an adult at light and as larvae. According to data on map 7 in MBGBI 10, the northern limit of this species in Britain is around the south of VC62 and VC65. This agrees with our lack of records from the north of these vice-counties. However, Dunn and Parrack (1986) do record it as very occasional in Durham.

2012 (CHF): Widespread in small numbers in central and eastern Yorkshire but uncommon in the rest of the county. There are still very few records further to the north.

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