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-Aug.
Foodplant: Grasses in damp areas such as Cotton-sedge and Tufted Hair-grass.
|Year first recorded||1838||1994||1838|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||372||91||926|
|Number of individuals||564||95||1318|
For the region, we have a total of 926 records from 340 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1838.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species, although frequent in the south and west of Britain, the larva feeding on the stem bases of grasses (Poaceae), including cottongrass (Eriophorum spp.) and tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa).
In Dorset, the moth is frequent on sandy soils and rises to common on heathland both dry and wet, where wavy hair-grass (Deschampsia flexuosa) and cotton-grass grow, respectively. Elsewhere, the moth is locally frequent, both inland and on the coast in old grassland or open woodland on clay soils that are well stocked with tufted hair-grass. Regular but low density records from chalky soil inland and on the coast suggests colonisation of this habitat type also.