Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Sep-Oct.
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees.
|Year first recorded||1929||1985||1929|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||92||23||230|
|Number of individuals||306||63||738|
For the region, we have a total of 230 records from 82 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1929.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, commonest in the south-east, scarcest in the north, the larva feeding on various deciduous trees, and in the north on bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and heather (Calluna vulgaris). In Dorset, the moth has become distinctly local, at low density and declining across its remaining two distinct biotypes. These are dry heathland on sandy soil, for example at Arne and at Matchams, and unimproved grassland on chalky soil, for example inland on Melbury Down, and on the coast at St Albans Head. The following old records suggest also a preference for old birch/oak woods: Milton Abbas, abundant (O Leigh Wood), Bere Wood and Bloxworth, sometimes abundant (O Pickard Cambridge, W Parkinson Curtis), Cranborne, common (F Fisher, W Parkinson Curtis). All three biotypes are relatively close together at Furzebrook where two hundred moths were trapped between 1972 and 1976.