Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
Forewing: M 11-16mm. F 15-20mm.
Foodplant: Grasses, Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1955||1973||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1750||170||3840|
|Number of individuals||4552||718||10540|
For the region, we have a total of 3840 records from 432 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species with a wide distribution in the British Isles, the larva feeding on the roots of various wild and cultivated species of grasses and plants. In Dorset, the moth is abundant on unimproved grassland, rare on heathland, and moderately common elsewhere. The moth formerly, "on occasions, rose to the position of a minor agricultural pest on tuberous rooted plants with corms of the Gladiolus type" (per W Parkinson Curtis manuscript).