Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Oct.
Forewing: M 12-17mm.
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees and shrubs.
|Year first recorded||1963||1984||1963|
|Year last recorded||2011||2010||2011|
|Number of records||245||20||530|
|Number of individuals||236||22||516|
For the region, we have a total of 530 records from 192 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1963.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: Generally distributed in Britain, becoming less common in northern districts, the larva feeding on a wide range of deciduous trees and shrubs. The wingless female remains close to its empty cocoon. "Generally and evenly distributed in Dorset. Occasionally on tamarisk, roses, and fruit trees, it rises to being a minor pest. The male is a frequent sight on the wing on sunny autumn days." (W Parkinson Curtis ms). In addition to this, the moth also flies at night and has been found in light traps on more than hundred occasions in recent years. The species is usually single-brooded in August and September in the UK, however, an additional bivoltine cycle may explain the protracted flight period of four months between 25 June and 27 October.