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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: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 17-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291962184719401940
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records11139207122165300
Number of individuals1196162013797176981
Unique positions8112315024653
Unique locations7712214724451
Adult records10918906582095286
Immature records24000

For the county, we have a total of 5210 records from 641 sites. First recorded in 1847.


73.353 Dotted Clay 03
© Andy Nunn
73.353 Dotted Clay 02
© Andy Nunn
73.353 Dotted Clay 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from most habitat types in all five vice-counties. However it is fairly thinly distributed except near moorland and heathy localities where it may be frequent or common. The lowland VC61 specimens are stated to have a much brighter reddish-brown ground colour than the moorland specimens of VC62 which are more greyish-brown (PQW pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county, particularly in upland areas where larger numbers are trapped eg 84 at Thruscross on 30.7.2010. Numbers are stable.

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