Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widely distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Jun-Aug and late Sep-Oct.
Foodplant: Hay, straw and barn detritus, and bird's nests.
|Year first recorded||1889||1996||1889|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||205||76||562|
|Number of individuals||181||77||516|
For the region, we have a total of 562 records from 204 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1889.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in southern Britain, the larva feeding on decomposing plant material and refuse. In Dorset, the moth occurs widely, but usually is only observed as singletons in deciduous woodland, on farms, on thatched buildings and in sea cliff localities where nesting birds are frequent, such as at Durlston.
Immigration may account for some of the records, but the widespread nature of the moth across the county makes research difficult. The national norm is for a single brood in July and August, but in Dorset, a bivoltine cycle is evident with a small partial second brood in October.