Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Various low-growing herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1888||1985||1888|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011|
|Number of records||661||87||1496|
|Number of individuals||1216||111||2654|
For the region, we have a total of 1496 records from 156 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1888.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to the coasts of southern England and south Wales, and inland on Breckland, the larva feeding on wild carrot (Daucus carota), restharrow (Ononis spp.), toadflax (Linaria spp.), plantain (Plantago spp.) and other herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is locally frequent on cliffs and coastal grassland. The species also colonises unimproved dry chalky grassland inland in the south of the county, notably along the Purbeck Ridge, and in the heathland and acidic grassland immediately to the north of the Purbeck Ridge. Singletons very occasionally turn up at light traps well inland and are likely to be short to medium-range dispersed individuals: Sixpenny Handley, on 25 August 1953 (Dr H King), Gaunts Common, on 10 August 1994 (P Davey), Merley, on 11 June 2001 (J Hammick).