Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Sow-thistles, wild lettuces, hawkweeds.
|Year first recorded||1905||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2006||2011|
|Number of records||917||139||2112|
|Number of individuals||1205||720||3850|
For the region, we have a total of 2112 records from 248 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, more local further north, the larva feeding mainly on the flowers of compositae species including sow thistles (Sonchus spp.), hawkweeds (Hieracium spp.) and hawk's-beards (Crepis spp.). In Dorset, the moth is locally common where its foodplants abound on dry unimproved grassland on sandy soils and frequent in similar habitat on chalky soils; it is at low density elsewhere and rare in woods. The following moth was trapped on a rather late date, and was probably a second brood individual: West Bexington, on 23 September 2001(R Eden).