Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Mid Jun-mid Sep.
|Year first recorded||1877||1991||1877|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||793||347||2280|
|Number of individuals||2496||656||6304|
For the region, we have a total of 2280 records from 514 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1877.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on nettle (Urtica dioica). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and locally common, but at low density in open heathland across the Poole Basin where nettle is scarce. The national norm is for a single brood in July and August, and this holds true for Dorset, but the following records suggest an occasional second brood (there are two generations abroad): Walditch, at MV light on 10 October 2002 (M Parsons); Hooke Park, at MV light on 18 May 1997, 7 June 1998 (M Spencer et al), Wool, at MV light on 29 September 2002 (D Cooper), Shaggs, at MV light on 6 June 2002 (Butterfly Conservation).