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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Uncommon and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Sea Rocket, Common Restharrow, Sea Sandwort, others.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883190419641940
Year last recorded2014200620081940
Number of records12971141
Number of individuals26441030
Unique positions17731
Unique locations22731
Adult records12961130
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 1313 records from 33 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Still recorded regularly at Spurn (VC61). There has been only one other recent report of this species in Yorkshire.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC63. Rossington, 5.6.1999, 31.5.2000 (RIH). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Still present at Spurn but a slight reduction in numbers in the last few years. There were also records from Teesside between 2002 and 2006 and a single record from Hatfield Moor in 2008.

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