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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Heather.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831880
Year last recorded20132011201420142012
Number of records5157749919
Number of individuals28839916217
Unique positions284443528
Unique locations314043529
Adult records4543649316
Immature records05410

For the county, we have a total of 300 records from 175 sites. First recorded in 1880.


73.356 Heath Rustic 03
© David Ashton, 3 Sep 2019
73.356 Heath Rustic 04 larva
© Charles Fletcher, 12 Apr 2007
73.356 Heath Rustic 02
© Damian Money
73.356 Heath Rustic  01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Described as widespread on moorland and heathland by (Skinner, 1984), this species seems to have a rather odd distribution in Yorkshire. Although we have many records from vice-counties 62 and 64, there are only two from VC65 and none from the Sheffield moors (VC63) since Porritt (1883-86). Feeding in the wild on heather, Skinner suggests that the larvae of this species are easier to rear on a mixture of heather and sallow. A.M.R. Heron reports that they will also accept blackthorn and wild plum.

2012 (CHF): Widespread in heathery areas in fairly small numbers. It ought to be commoner in VC65 as suggested above. Scarcer on our lowland heaths and occasionally wandering to other lowland sites.

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