Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Sep-Nov.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2787||157||5888|
|Number of individuals||28129||548||57354|
For the region, we have a total of 5888 records from 284 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain and rare in Scotland, the larva feeding on various grasses, herbaceous plants and hawthorn (Crataegus spp.). In Dorset, this highly variable moth is widespread and ranges from abundant on unimproved grassland on chalky soils, although numbers vary enormously from year to year, to common on dry, grassy heathland, and finally to low density in woodland.