Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Mar-May.
Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak. Hawthorns.
|Year first recorded||1959||2007||1986||1959|
|Year last recorded||2011||2010||2011||2011|
|Number of records||887||2||166||2110|
|Number of individuals||2691||31||313||6070|
For the region, we have a total of 2110 records from 298 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.
Similar species: 1853 Eupithecia dodoneata (Oak-tree Pug).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common wherever oak grows, particularly so in old woods. The species is notably frequent in districts where mature hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) occurs such as at Gaunts Common and at Merley, and this may well be an alternative foodplant for the species as it is on the Continent.