Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Lyme Grass
Longalatedes elymi

(Treitschke, 1825) 2348 / 73.138
=Chortodes elymi
Photo © Robert Woods,  Redcar, Cleveland, VC62

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Yorkshire Status: Fairly common but very local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a local coastal species in Britain, and until mid 1988 its only known Yorkshire localities were along the Holderness coast in VC61. It is likely to be present in this area wherever the foodplant grows (PQW pers. comm.) and another site has now been discovered in the north of the County by M. R. Britton.

2012 (CHF): This is a local species of the east coast of Britain. Porritt described it as common at Spurn and also noticed it from Teesside. It is still regular in both areas. Numbers at Teesside tend to vary and it can be quite common some years (eg 40 on 17.6.2006) and absent in other years. Still fairly common at Spurn though there was a major crash in 2007 but a recovery since. There are occasional records of moths between these two areas.

Recorded in 11 (6%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1875.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 15-18mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Lyme-grass.
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/08/2022462NZ52 - River Tees Mouth
09/08/2022162NZ62 - Redcar / Saltburn-by-the-Sea
21/07/2022161TA31 - Skeffling / Easington
20/07/2022261TA31 - Skeffling / Easington
19/07/2022162NZ61 - Guisborough
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