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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 13-17mm.

Foodplant: Wavy Hair-grass and Tufted Hair-grass.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20101900187719451927
Year last recorded20142014201220142007
Number of records510939774
Number of individuals61861932002
Unique positions25013444
Unique locations25113424
Adult records510620743
Immature records001700

For the county, we have a total of 234 records from 112 sites. First recorded in 1877.


73.061 Anomalous 02
© Damian Money
73.061 Anomalous 01
© Terry Box, 2 Sep 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A mainly northern and western species associated with moorland, or at least, moorland edge. This moth is very local in the centre and east of the country. In Yorkshire it has recently become more frequent.

Argus 50, 2005:
VC64. Headingley, 21.7.2003 (JKB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): We now have records from all five five counties. This moorland moth is found in the western uplands of the county and eastern areas of VC62 extending down into the north of VC61. There have been increasing records in the last few years.

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