Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nationally Scarce B
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Wood Sage.
|Year first recorded||1885||1999||1885|
|Year last recorded||2010||2009||2010|
|Number of records||56||7||126|
|Number of individuals||44||7||102|
For the region, we have a total of 126 records from 84 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in south-east England, the larva feeding on wood sage (Teucrium scorodonia). In Dorset, the moth is local and primarily restricted to the acid heaths within the Poole Basin, although the foodplant is also found on most other soil types in the county. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, but several potential second brood individuals have been observed up to September. The moth is bivoltine abroad, the second brood on the wing between July and September.
Dispersal from core habitat or immigration from abroad may account for the following light trap records: Portland, on 26 July 2001, 27 August 2002 (M Cade), Breston Quarries, on 1 September 2005 (Dr J Clarke), Dorchester, on 30 July 2001 (J Down), Gaunts Common, on 11 July 1997 (P Davey).