Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
Foodplant: Clovers, Bird's-foot-trefoil, Black Medick and Lucerne other vetches and trefoils.
|Year first recorded||1989||2000||1989|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011|
|Number of records||215||2||434|
|Number of individuals||951||12||1926|
For the region, we have a total of 434 records from 172 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1989.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern and eastern England, more local further north and west, the larva feeding on clover (Trifolium spp.), trefoil (Lotus spp.), medick (Medicago spp.) and related species. In Dorset, this day-flying moth is locally abundant in unimproved dry grassland on chalky soils where common bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) occurs. It is at low density in damp woodland and on unimproved grassland on clay soils where greater bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus pendunculatus) grows and absent from sandy soils.