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Feathered Ranunculus
Polymixis lichenea

(Hübner, 1813) 2255 / 73.235
Photo © Ian Marshall, 15 Sep 2007,  Flamborough, VC61

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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This mainly coastal species is now spreading again in Yorkshire. It has been re-recorded from its Scarborough haunts mentioned by Porritt (1883-86) and other coastal areas as well as at several new inland localities. This is unusual for this species so far north.

Beaumont, 2002: VC63. Elland, 25.9.2000 det. HEB (PT). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): This is predominantly a coastal moth in the UK and it is doing well in Yorkshire particularly at Flamborough and Spurn. We also have two unusual inland sites where it is recorded regularly; Knaresborough where it has been known since the 1960s and in Calderdale where it was discovered in 2000 and seems to be resident. Records occasionally come from other inland sites but these seem to be wandering individuals.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 31 (16%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 15-18mm
Flight: August - October
Foodplant:   Herbaceous 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
22/10/2023161TA27 - Flamborough Head (North)
22/10/2023261TA26 - Flamborough Head (South)
20/10/2023262TA08 - Scarborough
15/10/2023561TA26 - Flamborough Head (South)
14/10/2023561TA26 - Flamborough Head (South)
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