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Common Quaker
Orthosia cerasi

(Fabricius, 1775) 2187 / 73.244
=Orthosia stabilis
Photo © Paul Holmes, Mar 2007,  Rufforth, York

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Yorkshire Status: Abundant and fairly widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Frequent to common throughout all five vice-counties and a major feature of the spring insect fauna. The larvae feed on a wide variety of trees including hawthorn, ash and oak (PQW pers. comm.).

Beaumont, 2002: VC63. Elland, 3.12.2000 (Talbot, 2001). An exceptionally early occurrence of a moth that usually flies February to early May.

2012 (CHF): Widespread and common across all of the county and often appearing in huge numbers, eg 916 on 9.4.2010 at Ellington Banks. There were more December records in 2004 and 2011.

Recorded in 165 (83%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1879.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 13-17mm
Flight: March - May
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/03/2023565SE37 - Ripon
25/03/20231165SE37 - Ripon
24/03/20234265SE37 - Ripon
24/03/20231865SE37 - Ripon
23/03/20231765SE37 - Ripon
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