Yorkshire Status: "Possible very rare resident, very rare migrant/wanderer"
Sutton & Beaumont, 1987: This is a local moth in southern Britain. The first Yorkshire specimen since Porritt (1904) was found at Spurn (VC61) on 23.7.1982 by B. R. Spence. A second individual was captured at Skipwith Common (VC61) on 13.8.1988 by T. Higginbottom and A. S. Ezard. This is an unusual species which feeds on fungus.
Argus 63, 2011: A Nationally Scarce B moth whose larvae feed on fungi on rotting trees. A new site, far away from previous records.
VC64. Horsforth, 27.6.2011 (NF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
2012 (CHF): There have now been six records since Porritt's 1904 description of one found in a Hull shipbuilding yard in 1896. This was a typical site for such early records which often came from slime moulds growing on rotting timbers in docks. The larvae now are more likely to feed on fungi on rotting trees in damp woodland. This is not a common moth in the north of England and there are no records further north. The Spurn records may be of migrants.
Argus 78, 2016: We now have eight county records of this rather enigmatic species and these are from seven widely separated sites so it is difficult to know its true status in Yorkshire. The larvae feed on fungi on rotting trees so it should be most frequent in damp woodland. It is probably not strongly attracted to light and may be commoner than these few records suggest. Six of the eight records are in the last 20 years so it appears to be becoming a little more common.
VC63. Austerfield, 31.7.2016 (SB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.
Recorded in 10 (5%) of 200 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1896. Last Recorded in 2022. Additional Stats