Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One or two generations, May-Sep.
Foodplant: Common Nettle.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1985||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||4407||1||285||4693|
|Number of individuals||6368||2||419||6789|
For the region, we have a total of 4693 records from 268 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Similar species: 2449 Abrostola triplasia (Dark Spectacle).
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 frequent, but common in areas where improved farmland provides nitrogen-rich soils where nettle plants flourish. The national norm is for a single brood in the north of Britain from late June until mid-July, and a double brood in the south from late May to June and again in August and September. However in Dorset, a univoltine cycle plus a bivoltine cycle is suspected, with a single brood from early June to mid-July, and a double brood from late April to mid-June, and again from August into September.
Hill, L., 2013: