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Plain Clay
Eugnorisma depuncta

(Linnaeus, 1761) 2103 / 73.366
Photo © Jill Warwick,  Sharow, Ripon July 2017

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species has extended its range southwards since the last list (YNU, 1970). Taken in north VC62 in 1967, it was later found to be well established in VC65 and has now spread to the north of VC64 as well.

2012 (CHF): The comments in 1989 now seem quite out of place. There have been no records from any of its former VC62 sites since 1995 and it appears to be moving north rather than south, probably as a result of climatic change. It is still not uncommon in a localised area of north VC64 and south VC65 in a variety of habitats, often coming into gardens, but even in this core area the numbers are not quite as great as ten years ago. This is the only area in England that you are likely to find this moth with any regularity. There are no recent records in Northumberland or Durham and the main populations are in parts of eastern Scotland.

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Recorded in 36 (18%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1845.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 16-20mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
06/09/2023164SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
06/09/2023165SE18 - Middleham
03/09/2023164SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
29/08/2023165SE29 - Catterick
28/08/2023265SE37 - Ripon
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