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Early Moth
Theria primaria

(Haworth, 1809) 1960 / 70.282
Photo © Charles Fletcher, 18 Jan 2004,  SE323733 Hutton Conyers, VC65

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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are thinly scattered records from all five vice-counties but the lack of records is probably due to the flight period of this moth being in January and February when few traps are run regularly. However, the larvae may often be found on hawthorn and blackthorn hedges in April and May.

2012 (CHF): Common across all five vice-counties, probably more than the records suggest as few people trap so early in the year. No apparent changes in numbers or range.

Recorded in 101 (51%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

< Clouded Silver  |  Light Emerald >
Forewing: 14-17mm
Flight: Jan - February
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn
Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/02/2023165SE37 - Ripon
03/02/2023161TA26 - Flamborough Head (South)
27/01/2023261TA26 - Flamborough Head (South)
26/01/2023165SE37 - Ripon
20/01/2023161TA26 - Flamborough Head (South)
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