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Hedge Rustic
Tholera cespitis

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2177 / 73.252
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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Generally thinly scattered on sandy areas and near moorland fringes and rarely taken in more than ones or twos. An exception to this was at Spurn (VC61) where until the mid 1980s it was quite 'numerous' with up to 256 recorded in one year (BRS). It has since declined drastically, however, with single records in 1985 and 1986 and none since. The reason for this sudden decline is unknown. Taken in all five vice-counties but only in the very south of VC65.

2012 (CHF): This species was one of the many flagged up by the Rothamsted Survey as having declined significantly between 1968 and 2002, in this case by 90%. In Yorkshire there was a marked decline around 1982 to very low levels but numbers have been stable since then and in 2011 we had ten records which was a marked improvement. It remains very local but there are recent records from all five vice-counties. Most records come from the lower slopes of upland areas. Having been common at Spurn, it has now disappeared, the last record being 1990. In fact if Spurn is taken out of the equation, the decline in the rest of the county is much less dramatic.

Recorded in 63 (32%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1860.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining Species (BAP R)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/09/2023163SE01 - Marsden
07/09/2023462SE66 - Strensall
06/09/2023162NZ61 - Guisborough
30/08/2023663SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
28/08/2023162SE98 - Wykeham
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