Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1955||1984||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2365||168||5066|
|Number of individuals||6563||312||13750|
For the region, we have a total of 5066 records from 378 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring throughout south-east England becoming progressively more scarce further north and west, the polyphagous larva at first eats the foliage of the host plant, then descends beneath the ground to eat the roots. The larvae are a serious pest of various crops in Europe. In Dorset, the moth is locally common among unimproved grassland along the coast and inland on both alkaline and on acid soils. It is rare on heathland. The national norm is for a single brood in June, but in Dorset a small partial second brood occurs during August and September, often following warmer than usual summers.