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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: M 4.5-6.5mm., F wingless.

Foodplant: Leaf-litter and detritus.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded188519991885
Year last recorded200920102010
Number of records686148
Number of individuals1147242
Unique positions625134
Unique locations555120
Adult records9120
Immature records44496

For the region, we have a total of 148 records from 120 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.


0186 Psyche casta 03 female on case
© Dave Shenton
0186 Psyche casta 02 male
© Jenny Seawright
0186 Psyche casta 01
© Jenny Seawright

Species Account

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