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Helotropha leucostigma

(Hübner, 1808) 2368 / 73.119
=Celaena leucostigma
Photo © David Walsh,  03/09/2022 Foston Grange Farm VC62

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Yorkshire Status: Local resident.

In 1883 Porritt described Crescent as very local, and the comments in Sutton and Beaumont in 1989 seem to agree. Since then however it seems to have expanded in numbers and we now usually receive over 100 records per year. Although much commoner in wet habitats it does wander to other areas and can be encountered over much of the county. It can occur in good numbers in some marshy sites such as Tophill Low NR and Skerne Wetlands when counts can be of over 50 moths. Nationally it seems to have increased in range.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Sporadically found in marshy areas but usually only as singletons.

Recorded in 99 (50%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 14-17mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Yellow Iris, Great Fen-sedge
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/10/2023163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
08/09/2023161TA05 - Driffield
06/09/2023164SE24 - Bramhope / Otley
06/09/2023161SE64 - Wheldrake
03/09/2023161TA24 - Hornsea
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