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Bird's Wing
Dypterygia scabriuscula (Linnaeus, 1758)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2301 / 73.105
Photo © Andy Nunn,  North Cliffe Wood VC 61

Similar Yorkshire Species: None
Forewing: 16mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Yorkshire Status: Local resident.

Bird's Wing was first recorded in Yorkshire in 1984 when one was caught at Rossington in the south of VC63. It was rare until 2000 when it started to become locally common at various sites, mostly in the centre of the county. Expansion continued until 2012, with records as far west as lower Wharfedale, but since then, it has contracted back, with most records now coming from VC61, the east of VC63, and the extreme south of VC62. It is difficult to know how well it is doing in the county as records vary a lot from year to year; an all-time low of just three records in 2017 rising to 56 records in 2022 and then dropping away again. The largest numbers have come from North Cliffe Wood in VC61, with 16 trapped on 26/6/2009 and 9/7/2010. It is a rather attractive and unmistakable moth of open broadleaved woodland and parkland where the larvae feed on docks and sorrels.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species was added to the Yorkshire list in 1984, when a single moth was caught in the south of VC63. In Britain it is usually only found as far north as Lincolnshire (on a level with the south of VC63) in the east and Lancashire in the west, so it is not surprising that one should eventually find its way into Yorkshire. (The record shown on map 76 of MBGBI 10 in 10k square NZ50 was recorded in error and should have been removed before publication (JP pers. comm.).

Recorded in 35 (18%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1984.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/07/2023163SE61 - Stainforth / Thorne
17/07/2023162SE98 - Wykeham
12/07/2023163SE50 - Doncaster
12/07/2023163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
06/07/2023162SE66 - Strensall
Further info: Dypterygia scabriuscula
 
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