Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Aug-Oct.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants. Thistles, burdocks and Foxglove.
|Year first recorded||1905||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||837||81||1836|
|Number of individuals||1173||88||2522|
For the region, we have a total of 1836 records from 214 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A generally distributed and frequent species in England and Wales, but local in Scotland, the larva feeding on the roots and inner stems of robust herbaceous plants, such as foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), thistle (Cirsium and Carduus spp.), burdock (Arctium spp.) and ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and at low density with no ecological preference, although on open heathland the absence of suitable foodplants renders the moth rare.