The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.
Range & Status
Widespread across southern Britain but increasingly scarce.
This species was discovered near Kynance Cove in 1965 by R.T. Bannister.
Habitat & Ecology
Associated with Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare in warm, well-drained and sunny sites, and usually in short or sparse vegetation on long-established pastures.
The main threat is the abandonment of grazing on semi-natural grasslands, leading to the coarsening of vegetation and scrub development.
The precise site is not known and so a conservation plan cannot be formulated. The whole area is a SSSI and owned by The National Trust.
I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.
The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.