Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Sep.
Forewing: M 12-18mm F 15-26mm.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1959||1982||1959|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1431||96||3054|
|Number of individuals||2149||138||4574|
For the region, we have a total of 3054 records from 268 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring in most parts of the British Isles, the larva feeding for two years on the roots of bracken (Pteridium aquilinum), dandelion (Taraxacum spp.) and dock (Rumex spp.). In Dorset, the moth is abundant on unimproved grassland and in woodland harbouring bracken. A number of adults trapped in urban and rural areas where bracken, dandelion and dock plants are not dominant (for example calcareous grassland), suggests that larvae flourish on roots of other plants; the following record supports this: St Albans Head, larva found in viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare) root, adult emerged on 6 September 1938 (H Andrewes).