Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widely distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Sep.
Foodplant: Low grasses such as Sheep's-fescue.
|Year first recorded||1877||1993||1877|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||274||185||918|
|Number of individuals||1144||313||2914|
For the region, we have a total of 918 records from 310 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1877.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread but often local species in England, Wales and southern Scotland, the larva feeding on roots and stem bases of grasses (Poaceae). In Dorset, the moth is abundant on unimproved grassland on chalky soil where sheep’s fescue (Festuca ovina) grows in short turf, and frequent to common where fine-leaved grasses grow on dry heaths on sandy soil such as sheep’s fescue (Festuca filiformis) and bristle-bent (Agrostis curtisii). Dr P Sterling has reared the moth from larvae found on bristle bent on the heaths. Singletons from woodland and marsh situations suggest colonisation of additional habitats, albeit at low density.