Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widely distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Mid May-Aug.
Foodplant: Various grasses.
|Year first recorded||1885||1995||1885|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||248||197||890|
|Number of individuals||726||382||2216|
For the region, we have a total of 890 records from 278 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout Britain, the foodplant is unknown. Abroad, the larva feeds from a spun tube on grasses (Poaceae), and also on clovers (Trifolium spp.) and on mosses (Musci spp.). In Dorset, the moth is essentially a wetland species, colonising mire, damp heathland, moor and seasonally waterlogged soils; it is also present on coastal landslips that result from water seeping through clay soils. Examples recorded occasionally from drier biotypes, are likely to be dispersed moths from host wetland habitat.