Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Aug, Sep, possibly third in October.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||8861||1||517||18758|
|Number of individuals||185140||1||6255||382792|
For the region, we have a total of 18758 records from 728 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species often associated with cultivated land and one of the most abundant moth species occurring in England and Wales, but becoming less frequent further north, the larva feeding on a wide range of plant species. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and abundant. In favourable years trap totals are vast, for example, 19000 at Furzebrook in 1976 and 11000 at West Bexington in 1996. The national norm is for a single brood from mid-May to late July, but in Dorset the moth is bivoltine, and in ten of the past twenty-five years, potential third-brood individuals have been trapped during the second half of October. The period between the average theoretical brood peaks is roughly sixty days.