Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Common Saltmarsh-grass and Sheep's-fescue.
|Year first recorded||1885||1994||1885|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||177||58||470|
|Number of individuals||451||140||1182|
For the region, we have a total of 470 records from 202 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England, Wales and southern Scotland, the larva feeding on grasses, including sheep’s fescue (Festuca ovina) and common saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia maritima).
In Dorset, the moth is locally common in three distinct biotypes. The first is unimproved grassland on chalky soil where sheep’s fescue (Festuca ovina) is abundant amongst short turf. The second is unimproved grassland on ill-drained clay soils, notably in the Blackmore Vale, where meadow barley (Hordeum secalinum) and meadow fescue (Festuca pratensis) are candidate host foodplants. The third habitat is muddy shores at the lower edge of saltmarshes where common saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia maritima) abounds, notably around the inside of Poole Harbour and the Fleet. The moth has been noted at low density on heathland and in a few old woods; other fescue (Festuca spp.) plant species may host the moth in these habitats.