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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jul, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 14-19mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants. Nettles, willowherbs, etc.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records121012912219133251017
Number of individuals735142469876022221010736
Unique positions19412620017840
Unique locations18912219417935
Adult records120422859211031381016
Immature records231100

For the county, we have a total of 21546 records from 719 sites. First recorded in 1883.


2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character 04
© Nick Lawman
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character 03
© Andy Nunn
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character 02
© Charles Fletcher, 18 May 2005
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species seems to have declined slightly in some areas but is still fairly frequently recorded from vice-counties 61 to 64. There is only one VC65 record (Baldersby St James, RIS trap 315, TAP). This is a resident species but is probably reinforced by immigration in some years.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county with an increase in numbers in the last ten years. The second brood can be very numerous eg 410 at Escrick on 25.8.2006.

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