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Purple Clay
Diarsia brunnea

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2122 / 73.332
Photo © John William Cooper,  Rodley

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Yorkshire Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Skinner (1984) suggests this species should be 'widespread and common' inhabiting deciduous woodland. Our records suggest it is widespread but found at a low density, only being reasonably common in higher wooded sites.

2012 (CHF): Commonest in upland broadleaved woodland but present at a lower density in other habitats, so the comments in 1989 still apply. An increase in records in the last three years.

Recorded in 148 (74%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1845.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 16-20mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/08/2022165NZ10 - Richmond
22/08/2022164SE26 - Ripley / Summerbridge
13/08/2022264SE16 - Pateley Bridge
13/08/2022163SE22 - Dewsbury
12/08/2022162TA08 - Scarborough
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