Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Dog Lichen and other lichens.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1982||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2732||1||142||5750|
|Number of individuals||8278||10||444||17464|
For the region, we have a total of 5750 records from 500 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring in southern Britain, but absent from the Midlands, the larva feeding on lichens and mosses growing on the stems and branches of trees. In Dorset, the moth is common in deciduous woodland and scrub, frequent on heathland containing derelict heather (Calluna vulgaris and Erica spp.) where its foodplants abound, and rare in dry, open habitat. The national norm is for a single brood in late June to early August. Many examples seen in September and even October, suggest a partial second brood in most years.