Erebidae : Lymantriinae
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Dark Tussock
Dicallomera fascelina

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2027 / 72.016
Photo © Malcolm Hillier,  Dungeness, 6/20

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Yorkshire Status: Very rare and very local. No recent record.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded since Porritt (1883-86). He reported this moth as very local, from Bramham (VC64), Richmond (VC65), Spurn (VC61) and York (VC61/62/64) in the early 1860s.

Current status (CHF, 2011): Last recorded 1883 - possibly the best candidate for a "first since Porritt". Populations still exist on moorland in Durham, and records in Weardale are very close to our northern border. This moth may remain undetected in the under-recorded northern wilds of VC65.

2012 (CHF): An old BRC record from Upper Teesdale has surfaced dated before 1940 which could mean any date from 1880 to 1940. This is certainly the best area to search for Dark Tussock.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 4 (2%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1879.
Last Recorded in 1883.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 18-28mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Heather, willows, Bramble, Hawthorn.
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/01/1883 to 31/12/1886+65NZ10 - Richmond
01/01/1883 to 31/12/1886+64SE44 - Wetherby / Tadcaster
01/01/1883 to 31/12/1884+61TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
01/01/1883 to 31/12/1886+61TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
01/01/1880 to 31/12/1940+65NY82 - Lune Forest
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