Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Aug-Sep.
|Year first recorded||1883||1883||1883||1883|
|Year last recorded||2014||2012||2013||2013|
|Number of records||38||34||66||5|
|Number of individuals||71||28||133||2|
For the county, we have a total of 143 records from 88 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: 'Neglected' seems a very suitable name for this species! There are relatively few recent records, nearly all from high moorland or heathland in the Vale of York. Although we have no VC65 records it has been widely taken in Upper Teesdale from Middleton-in-Teesdale, Langdon Beck and Sun Wood at High Force, all in VC66 (IF; Dunn & Parrack, 1986).
2012 (CHF): If more people trapped in heathery upland areas in late August and early September, this moth might not feel quite so neglected as it is probably more common than the relatively few records suggest. There are old lowland records from Strensall Common but it has not been seen there since 1985. We receive one or two lowland records of this moth but these tend to be misidentifications of Square-spot Rustic which can be very variable.