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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 17-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants, Purple Saxifrage, Yellow Saxifrage.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1983188319001961
Year last recorded1987201120142014
Number of records2184311
Number of individuals164011
Unique positions215277
Unique locations215277
Adult records215389
Immature records0010

For the county, we have a total of 74 records from 51 sites. First recorded in 1883.


2104 Northern Rustic 03
© Paul Millard
2104 Northern Rustic 02
© Charles Fletcher, 9 Jul 2005
2104 Northern Rustic 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are few recent records for this species in the County. Most are from the south-western Pennines, with one report from the North York Moors. Map 105 in MBGBI 9 shows a record in 10 km square SD99 in VC65 but at present this has not been traced. However it has been taken at several sites on the north side of Teesdale (IF; Dunn & Parrack, 1986), the northernmost boundary of the vice-county.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC64. Malham Tarn, most years 1993-1997 (DB).

2012 (CHF): In much of Britain this is a moth of rocky coastal areas. In Yorkshire it is moth of rocky uplands in the west of the county where we receive scattered records in most years in the west of VC64 and 65. Worryingly it has not been seen in VC63 since 1985 or VC62 since 1987.

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