Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Alder and Blackthorn.
|Year first recorded||1905||1987||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||480||37||1034|
|Number of individuals||543||39||1164|
For the region, we have a total of 1034 records from 186 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species with a general distribution in Britain, the larva feeding on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), alder (Alnus glutinosa), birch (Betula spp.), plum (Prunus domestica) and apple (Malus domestica). In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density, most frequently found in blackthorn scrub, and in town gardens and orchards where fruit trees grow. Roughly two thirds of all Dorset records are from West Bexington amongst the blackthorn thickets at the site. Singletons from river systems and swamp habitat suggest colonisation also of alder.