Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Aug.
Foodplant: Poplars, Aspen and willows.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||673||2||61||1472|
|Number of individuals||856||3||90||1898|
For the region, we have a total of 1472 records from 328 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England and Wales, most common in south-east England and rare in Scotland, the larva feeding on poplar (Populus spp.), willow and sallow (Salix spp.). In Dorset, the moth is frequent wherever aspen (Populus tremula) is well established. It is at low density, rising to frequent locally, where poplars and willows grow in river valleys. There are few records from sallow-rich poplar-free sandy soil localities, for example in twenty-five years of trapping no moths were recorded from Arne. Although the moth is single brooded in the UK in May and June, there seems to be two brood cycles in play in Dorset. The first emergence is in May with a partial second brood from late August in warm summers: West Bexington, on 2 September 2003 (R Eden), Puddletown, on 24 September 1999 (H Wood Homer). A much larger single brood occurs in mid-summer.