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-Aug.
|Year first recorded||1885||1995||1885|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||150||46||392|
|Number of individuals||138||65||406|
For the region, we have a total of 392 records from 172 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in southern England, the larva feeding on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and at low density occurring on all soil types where blackthorn grows. The moth has also been recorded from a number of heathland localities on sandy soils too, and whilst blackthorn has been present on some, it is conspicuously absent from others, suggesting perhaps an alternative foodplant such as alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus). A further food source follows: Lulworth Cove, a few larvae on Cotoneaster horizontalis on 30 May 1992 (R Heckford), 15 October 1993 (Dr P Sterling et al).