Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun and Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2301||166||4934|
|Number of individuals||3585||202||7574|
For the region, we have a total of 4934 records from 418 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva is polyphagous. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and at low density, occasionally rising to frequent, particularly in sallow-rich localities. Two brood cycles seem to be established, with a double brood emerging by mid-April and again from mid-July; a single brood emerges from early-June. Warm summers occasionally spawn an additional partial generation from either brood cycle, as evidenced by the following light trap records: West Bexington, on 1 October 1997, 8 November 2004 (R Eden), Puddletown, on 17 October 2003 (H Wood Homer), Iwerne Minster, on 4 October 1959 (H Moore), Shapwick, on 13 October 2003, Gaunts Common, on 11 October 1995, 8 November 1995 (P Davey), Arne, on 9 October 1992, 30 September 1995 (B Pickess), St Ives, on 3 October 1988 (Dr J Clarke).