Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Cleavers and Bedstraws.
|Year first recorded||1905||1982||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1273||81||2708|
|Number of individuals||2514||111||5250|
For the region, we have a total of 2708 records from 344 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on cleavers (Galium aparine) and other bedstraw (Galium spp.) species. In Dorset, the moth is common where cleavers abounds, on hedgebanks and on nutrient rich arable. It is frequent on unimproved grassland where bedstraw grows in quantity on chalky soil and along the coast. The few individuals seen at Holton Heath Marsh, Hurn and at Hengistbury Head, hint that fen bedstraw (Galium uliginosum) and common marsh bedstraw (Galium palustre) host the moth in river and marsh habitat.