Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Probably uncommon, but unknown due vast majority undetermined.
Local Record: Grade G See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul, (Sep-Oct).
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees and shrubs.
|Year first recorded||1984||1985||1984|
|Year last recorded||2011||2001||2011|
|Number of records||251||5||512|
|Number of individuals||273||25||596|
For the region, we have a total of 512 records from 54 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1984.
sorry, no pictures available for this species yet
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in south-east Britain, becoming scarce further north, the larva feeding on hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), blackthorn (Prunus spp.), sallow (Salix spp.), apple (Malus spp.), wild rose (Rosa canina) and other deciduous trees and shrubs. "There are, in my opinion, two methods of distinguishing this species from the Grey Dagger2284 with absolute certainty: breeding from larva, and dissecting out the genitalia. Anything less than either method leads to error." (W Parkinson Curtis ms). Given this difficulty in identifying these two Daggers, no attempt has been made to assess each status suffice it to say that this species has a preference for hawthorn and rosaeceae plants, and is therefore likely to be common on chalky soils where hawthorn and dog rose are dominant amongst scrub. Elsewhere, it is probably at low density in town gardens where fruit trees are grown.