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Ghost Moth
Hepialus humuli

(Linnaeus, 1758) 14 / 3.005
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Yorkshire Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Generally frequent or common throughout the lower land in all five vice-counties, although now less common in the central agricultural areas since ploughing of pastures, and meadows became widespread. It is often taken at light but is frequently seen at dusk flying over grassy places, sometimes in very urban areas such as inner Leeds.

2012 (CHF): Remains common over most of the county, both upland and lowland areas. Large numbers can be seen sometimes at dusk for example counts of over 400 at Northowram in 2010.

Recorded in 165 (83%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1846.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: M 21-29mm. F 21-35mm.
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Grasses, herbaceous plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining Species (BAP R)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/08/2023163SE03 - Haworth
06/08/2023164SE37 - Ripon
29/07/2023162SE47 - Dalton
29/07/2023161SE94 - Middleton-on-the-Wolds
28/07/2023164SE54 - York (S/W)
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