Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common but thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Short fine grasses.
|Year first recorded||1885||1994||1885|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||355||279||1268|
|Number of individuals||1411||845||4512|
For the region, we have a total of 1268 records from 290 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to drier habitats across Britain, the larva feeding on the stem bases of grasses (Poaceae). In Dorset, the moth is locally abundant on unimproved grassland on chalky soil, and frequent on dry heaths on sandy soil. Dr P Sterling has reared the moth from larvae found on bristle bent (Agrostis curtisii) on the heaths. A partial bivoltine tendency is suggested given early examples appearing during July.