Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorns, Privet, Red and Black Currant.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011|
|Number of records||2755||64||2819|
|Number of individuals||5978||94||6072|
For the region, we have a total of 2819 records from 192 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on red currant (Ribes rubrum), black currant (Ribes nigrum), gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa), spindle (Eunonymus europaeus), and other deciduous shrubs and trees. In Dorset, this highly distinctive moth is common to abundant amongst blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) thickets in coastal districts and frequent to common amongst blackthorn and spindle scrub on chalky soils. Larvae also feed on evergreen spindle (Euonymus japonicus) planted in hedges and within shelter belts near the sea; coastal populations are probably augmented by this additional food source. Elsewhere, larvae have been found on hawthorn and on fruit trees and shrubs in gardens and allotments, but not in sufficient numbers so that it constitutes a pest.