Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Rare and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Heather, Broom, Birch and Traveller's-joy.
|Year first recorded||1998||1998|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010|
|Number of records||6||12|
|Number of individuals||9||18|
For the region, we have a total of 12 records from 10 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1998.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to southern Britain, the larva feeding on hawthorn (Crateagus spp.), blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), birch (Betula spp.) and a variety of other deciduous tree and shrub species. In Dorset, this beautiful and highly variable species has always been rare, with a tendency to inhabit localities on geology older than chalk, although there is a single very old record from Bloxworth. Only a handful of examples have been seen in recent years, and all of these have occurred in the north-western quadrant of Dorset.