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Cerastis leucographa

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2140 / 73.337
Photo © Jill Warwick,  Sharow, Ripon March 2017

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Still present at its best known Yorkshire locality, Bishop Wood (VC64). This species has now also been recorded from areas in the North York Moors and the north-east of VC64. These records are the furthest north in the east of the country in recent times, the species extending into Cumbria in the west (Skinner, 1984).

Argus 47, 2001-2004: VC65. High Batts, 12.4.1984 (SPW); 12.4.2003 (CHF, JCW); Hutton Conyers, 22.4.2002, 13.4.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Rather local in the county. Around Ripon it can be quite common in spring, eg 77 at Bellflask on 2.4.2011 and there are good populations in several parts of VC62. Nationally this is not a common moth and it is absent from Lancashire and the counties to our north. There is no VC61 record.

Argus 75, 2015: Very local in the county with the biggest numbers in the Ripon area. The VC61 record was a surprise and far from the nearest known population.

VC61. Hunmanby Gap, 9.4.2015 (KC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 25 (13%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1846.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

< Red Chestnut  |  True Lover's Knot >
Forewing: 14-16mm
Flight: March - April
Foodplant:   Little known, but probably herbaceous and woody plants.
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
07/05/2023164SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
22/04/2023165SE37 - Ripon
21/04/2023164SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
20/04/2023265SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
14/04/2023164SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
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