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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Cleavers and Bedstraws

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 recorded19602004200719751960
Year last recorded20112004200720112011
Number of records85111891884
Number of individuals133012942854
Unique positions2621121570
Unique locations1901119422
Adult records77111891724
Immature records00000

For the region, we have a total of 1884 records from 422 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1960.


1742 Yellow Shell 02
© Dave Foot
1742 Yellow Shell 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on chickweed (Stellaria spp.), dock (Rumex spp.), grasses (Gramineae spp.), and other low-growing plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common to abundant, and far more frequently flushed out from its hiding places during the daytime than encountered at light traps at night. The national norm is a single brood between mid-June and mid-August, but in Dorset the moth is double-brooded, the first brood between late May and early July, and a second between mid-August and late September. The peak of the first brood is, on average, twice that of the second brood.

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