Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
|Year first recorded||1953||2007||1983||1953|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1199||1||70||2540|
|Number of individuals||1903||1||113||4034|
For the region, we have a total of 2540 records from 368 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1953.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in south-east Britain but absent elsewhere, the larva feeding on various lichens growing on the twigs and branches of deciduous and coniferous trees. In Dorset, the moth is frequent in lichen-rich woodland and largely absent from open habitat; it has yet to be recorded on Portland for example. Elsewhere, the moth is at low density. Unusually early and late dates are as follows: Bracketts Coppice, at MV on 6 May 2000 (J Astley), Shaggs, at MV on 22 April 2002 (M Parsons), Gaunts Common, at MV on 14 October 1995 (P Davey), Holt Forest, at MV on 16 October 1995 (P Davey). The October 1995 dates coincided with a notable immigration from abroad.