Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Holly, Ivy, Privet, Dogwood and Hawthorn.
|Year first recorded||1958||1987||1958|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||825||24||1698|
|Number of individuals||900||37||1874|
For the region, we have a total of 1698 records from 228 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1958.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on the flowers and buds of ivy (Hedera helix), holly (Ilex aquifolium), privet (Ligustrum vulgare) and dogwood (Cornus sanguinea). In Dorset, the moth occurs in three different habitat types. The first of these is coastal situations where ivy festoons rocks on undercliffs and old quarries where privet grows in thickets; the moth is frequent at Durlston and at St Albans Head, for example. The second habitat is towns and villages where garden privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) is planted as hedges near houses; there are many records from light traps run at two sites in Poole and its environs. The third habitat is scrub on chalky soils where privet and dogwood are common, for example, Fontmell Down is a noted locality for the moth.