Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Oct.
Foodplant: Docks, Dandelion other Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||7040||779||15638|
|Number of individuals||23271||3738||54018|
For the region, we have a total of 15638 records from 566 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, but absent from northern districts, the larva feeding on herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common, occasionally abundant, and, historically: "sometimes, in the Poole district, the larvae are a rather serious pest, as they bite off the young growth of vegetables just below the surface of the ground." (W Parkinson-Curtis manuscript). The moth is double-brooded in the county with the peak of the second brood, on average, twice as large as the peak of the first. The many records of adults at light traps in October and into November suggest a partial third brood in most years, a situation mirrored abroad. Years of abundance coincide with warm summers, the highest annual total of 3500 recorded from Furzebrook in 1976.