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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Mar-May.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Honeysuckles.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20152014201520152015
Number of records2413144124292065344
Number of individuals4064324251794857620
Unique positions929210614227
Unique locations949410815525
Adult records2404142423891896340
Immature records31000

For the county, we have a total of 8692 records from 476 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.069 Early Grey 09
© Nancy Stedman
73.069 Early Grey 08 Head
© Colin Duke
73.069 Early Grey 07 Front
© Colin Duke
73.069 Early Grey 06 Lateral
© Colin Duke
73.069 Early Grey 05
© Colin Duke
73.069 Early Grey 03
© Andy Nunn
73.069 Early Grey 04
© Nick Lawman
73.069 Early Grey 02 head on
© Jill Warwick, Mar 2011
73.069 Early Grey 01
© Alan Miller

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Rather local but recorded more frequently than in previous years.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread in the Spring all across the county wherever honeysuckle grows and reported in increased numbers in recent years. Less common to the north of us. Occasionally recorded very early in the year in January.

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