Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||4265||2||120||8774|
|Number of individuals||21155||10||548||43426|
For the region, we have a total of 8774 records from 528 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Similar species: 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (Uncertain).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout southern Britain, more local further north, the larva feeding nocturnally on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common with a marked preference for unimproved grassland where it is often abundant especially on chalky soils, both inland and on the coast. In addition to the mid-summer peak, a bivoltine cycle is suspected with peaks in early June and mid-September.
Hill, L., 2013: The above diagnostic can be very subjective and may only be appropriate on fresh specimens. If there is any doubt, record as "Uncertain/Rustic agg."