Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Aug.
|Year first recorded||1955||2007||1987||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||674||2||21||1394|
|Number of individuals||800||10||31||1682|
For the region, we have a total of 1394 records from 246 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species in southern England, becoming very local in northern England, the larva feeding on spindle (Euonymus europaeus). In Dorset the moth occurs sparingly wherever its foodplant grows. This tends to be at the edges of woodland, in hedgerows and amongst scrub mostly on chalky soils. The flight time covers five months. This is suspected of comprising a single brood in June, plus a double brood; the first generation on the wing between late April and late May and the second from late July to late August. The national norm is for a single brood in northern Britain in June, and a double brood in the south.