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Oak Rustic
Dryobota labecula

Esper,1788 2246a / 73.223
Photo © Jacob Spink,  Spurn 27/10/2023

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Yorkshire Status: Rare wanderer and probable future colonist.

This species whose larvae feed on evergreen oak, appeared in the Channel Islands in 1991 and then on the Isle of Wight in 1999. It has steadily moved north since then, and it is no surprise that it has now reached Yorkshire. Our first record came from Kilnsea (Spurn) on 27/10/2023. It's rate of spread will be limited by the availability of evergreen oak which is much less common here than it is to our south.

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Recorded in 1 (1%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2023.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: One generation, October to December
Foodplant:   Holm Oak
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/10/2023161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
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