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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: Late Jun-mid Aug.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Lady's Mantle.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1994188318971880
Year last recorded1994201120142013
Number of records1429825
Number of individuals1154118
Unique positions143018
Unique locations143017
Adult records1429419
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 328 records from 52 sites. First recorded in 1880.


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© Charles Fletcher, 1 Jul 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This mountain species still occurs at its best known Yorkshire site, Malham Tarn (VC64), and has recently been reported from other localities, suggesting it may be fairly common at high altitude in the north and west of the County. Skinner (1984) mentions that a form 'that lacks the dark red central band occurs frequently in parts of Yorkshire'. Skinner (in litt. 1989) gives details of three separate records of this form, involving seven specimens. Two were from the Grassington area (VC64), one from Keld (VC65). One record was published (Bretherton, 1975).

Beaumont, 2002:
VC64.  Malham Tarn, annually in early August, 1991-2000 (DB); Low Bentham, 3 & 8.8.1994 (TMW).

VC65. Low Row, four 1990-1996 (TMW).

2012 (CHF): A big recent increase in records of this upland moth probably reflects more observer effort on the higher ground rather than a genuine increase. It is still commonest in the north and west of the county with few records in VC63 and just one in VC62 (Guisborough 1994). It can occasionally be found on lower ground for example Bellflask in 2010 and Nosterfield in 2011.

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