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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Jul-Sep, (Sep-Nov).

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Docks, Common Orache, Common Sorrel.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041953188318831977
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records21766146411048221
Number of individuals26847607561635274
Unique positions1437311713721
Unique locations1387611614319
Adult records2155596603994220
Immature records41000

For the county, we have a total of 4700 records from 492 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.029 Blood-vein 06
© Nancy Stedman
70.029 Blood-vein 05
© Andy Nunn
70.029 Blood-vein 04
© Dave Shenton
70.029 Blood-vein 03
© Paul Kipling, 28 May 2011
70.029 Blood-vein 02
© Charles Fletcher, 3 Sep 2005
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© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Now recorded from all five vice-counties but not west of a line through Harrogate, Leeds and Sheffield. It is thinly spread within the boundaries given.

2012 (CHF): The distribution has not altered much since 1989 though there is the suggestion of a little spread to the west. There has certainly been an expansion in numbers in the last ten years.

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