Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nationally Scarce B
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-early Aug.
|Year first recorded||1859||1995||1859|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||147||81||456|
|Number of individuals||305||127||864|
For the region, we have a total of 456 records from 166 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1859.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in southern England, the larva feeding on gorses (Ulex spp.). In Dorset, the moth is frequent to common across gorse-rich (Ulex europaeus) heathland throughout the Poole Basin. Gorse occurs less frequently elsewhere across the county, mainly on the summits and south-facing slopes of chalk downland and on limestone cliffs. The following few records are from places that lie outside the Poole Basin. Punfield Cove, rare (Reverend E Bankes), Blackdown, many larvae on gorse on 29 March 1997 (Dr P Sterling), Tidmoor Range, at MV light on 14 July 1999 (D Foot et al), Chickerell, many larvae on gorse on 29 March 1997 (M Parsons), Upwey, at MV light on 15 July 2003 (P Harris), Portland, at MV light on 10 July 1997, 26 July 2001, 5 and 14 July 2003 (M Cade), Arish Mell, two at MV light on 1 August 1999 (P Davey), West Hill, at MV light on 22 July 2000 (C Manley), Durlston, at MV light on 16 July 2003 (P Davey), two on 5 and one on 7 August 2003 (J McGill).