Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Mar-Apr.
Foodplant: Aspen, poplars
|Year first recorded||1935||1985||1935|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||49||119||336|
|Number of individuals||84||196||560|
For the region, we have a total of 336 records from 56 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1935.
Similar species: 2188 Clouded Drab.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in south-east Britain, rare or absent elsewhere, the larva feeding on aspen (Populus tremula) and occasionally other poplars (Populus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density due to the scarcity of poplar communities. However, the moth is particularly common on the Moors River at Hurn where mature black poplar (Populus nigra) trees grow along the river banks; three-quarters of the county total have been recorded at the site. The moth has also been noted in the aspen groves in Castle Hill Wood and Boys Wood in north-east Dorset, and white poplar (Populus alba) at Alners Gorse.
The following example was likely to be an immigrant; a second specimen was trapped on the same night on the Lizard in Cornwall, and coincided with a spectacular influx of Blossom Underwing2183 across southern England. The moth occurs throughout central and northern Europe: Preston, at MV light on 31 March 1999 (P Knight).