Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-mid Aug.
Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Sorbus spp.
|Year first recorded||1870||1994||1870|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||155||14||338|
|Number of individuals||323||7||660|
For the region, we have a total of 338 records from 110 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1870.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species across England and Wales, the larva feeding on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). In Dorset, the moth is local and confined mainly to blackthorn along the coastal belt ‘where larvae prefer stunted blackthorn bushes’ (Dr P Sterling) and to blackthorn scrub inland on chalky soil at sites such as Badbury Rings and Bottlebush Down, and on neutral soil at sites such as Rooksmoor and Povington Wood, where the moth is locally abundant among the densest thickets.