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Coxcomb Prominent
Ptilodon capucina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Notodontidae: Notodontinae
2008 / 71.021
Photo © Paul Holmes, June 2013,  Collingham

Similar Yorkshire Species
Maple Prominent
Ptilodon cucullina
Forewing: 17-22mm
Flight: April - June and August - September
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees and shrubs
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Yorkshire Status: Common and widespread resident.

This woodland species is not uncommon in gardens. It is not clear whether it occurs in two overlapping generations or just one in Yorkshire. It is interesting that Sutton and Beaumont described it in 1989 as the most widely taken Prominent. This is not the case nowadays as it has been overtaken by several other Prominent species. Perhaps numbers have dropped a little in recent years. It is still seen widely however across the county, and counts sometimes reach double figures.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Now the most widely taken Prominent. Found in all five vice-counties but most widely recorded in vice-counties 61-64 where it is often common.

Recorded in 172 (86%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1880.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/08/2023162SE98 - Wykeham
27/08/2023162NZ80 - Goathland / Grosmont
24/08/2023161TA17 - Bempton
22/08/2023162SE88 - Pickering (E)
21/08/2023162NZ70 - Glaisdale
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