Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Feb-Apr.
Foodplant: Oaks, Hawthorn, Blackthorn.
|Year first recorded||1955||1985||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||837||110||1894|
|Number of individuals||2420||181||5202|
For the region, we have a total of 1894 records from 230 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in England and Wales, less common in Scotland, the larva feeding on many deciduous tree and shrub species, including oak (Quercus spp.), birch (Betula spp.), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). The female is wingless. In Dorset, the moth is one of the first species to emerge in the year. It is common in deciduous woods and amongst scrub, but absent from open coastal areas, for example, Portland. Singletons are occasionally noted elsewhere.