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Sharp-angled Peacock
Macaria alternata

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1890 / 70.212
Photo © Damian Money,  Upton, Norfolk, VC27

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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and very local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a species which is locally common in the very south of England but which sporadically turns up in other parts of the country. In Yorkshire, it was first found at Spurn (VC61) by H. N. Michaelis in 1949 (YNU, 1970; also included in Michaelis, 1951 but no date or comment). There have been several other records at the same site since. These are 10.6.1970, 6.8.1975, two 23.7.1983, singles 6.7, 19.8 and 22.8.1984 and 6.7.1987 (BRS).

Beaumont, 2002:

VC61. Spurn, single figures annually 1989-1993, since 1994 has been recorded abundantly, e.g. 78 in three traps on 23.8.1997 (BRS); Hornsea, 22.8.1996; Rudston, 20 & 24.8.1997 (ASE).

Argus 47, 2001-2004: All records are from VC61.

VC61. Now very common at Spurn and Kilnsea (BRS, PAC); Rudston, 5.8.2003 (ASE); Great Cowden, 15.8.2001 (EDC, ASE).

2012 (CHF): Records started to increase in 1992 and peaked in 2004. There has been a gradual decline since then and it has contracted back to Spurn. These are the most northerly records on the east side of the country.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 13 (7%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1949.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 13-15mm
Flight: May - July and August
Foodplant:   Sallows, willows, Sea Buckthorn, Alder
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/08/2022261TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
23/08/2022361TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
22/08/2022461TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
20/08/2022161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
16/08/2022161TA31 - Skeffling / Easington
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