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Parastichtis suspecta

(Hübner, 1817) 2268 / 73.221
Photo © Charles Fletcher, 23 Jul 2008,  SE3663Staveley NR, VC64

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Locally common among birch but not recorded from VC65, although there seems to be no reason why it should not be present. Until recently this species was classified with the Cucullinae but it has now been moved in to the Amphipyrinae and the Dingy Shears, which it quite closely resembles, put into the same genus.

Argus 63, 2011: VC65. Marne Barracks, 15.7.2011 (CHF, JCW, AJW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): There have been increased numbers of records of this species in recent years though it remains local in the county, usually in small numbers. It is certainly less common than in Porritt's time when he described it as abundant in birch woodland at several sites. In some areas it can still be locally common for example at Potteric Carr where the peak count was 50 on 4.7.2011. The first (and rather overdue) record for VC65 was at Marne Barracks on 15.7.2011.

Recorded in 85 (43%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1847.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

< Minor Shoulder-knot  |  Dingy Shears >
Forewing: 14-16mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Birches and sallows
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/08/2022262SE98 - Wykeham
16/08/2022162SE65 - York (E)
12/08/20221462SE89 - Hole of Horcum
12/08/2022162SE89 - Hole of Horcum
07/08/2022164SE13 - Bradford
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