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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Sep.

Forewing: 8-12mm.

Foodplant: Devil's-bit Scabious, Field Scabious and Small Scabious .

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831859188218832003
Year last recorded20142014201420142011
Number of records5712305815
Number of individuals7183112424
Unique positions8914309
Unique locations8810309
Adult records568265515
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 172 records from 65 sites. First recorded in 1859.


45.013 Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Yorkshire records under this name are widespread and moths locally very common but not recorded from VC65. Recently Gibeaux (1987) has split the taxon into five species, four of which may occur in Yorkshire. They are S. bipunctidactyla (Scopoli), S. picardi (Gibeaux), S. scabiodactyla (Gregson) and S. aridus (Zeller) (=gallobritannidactyla Gibeaux). Investigation of this species complex will be necessary to clarify the position in the County.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 15.9.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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