Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul, possible second in Sep.
Foodplant: Honeysuckle, Ash and Wild Privet.
|Year first recorded||1954||1983||1954|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||477||21||996|
|Number of individuals||508||21||1058|
For the region, we have a total of 996 records from 190 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1954.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A locally occurring species in Britain, the larva feeding on honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), ash (Fraxinus spp.) and wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare). In Dorset, the moth is widely distributed across the county, but at low density and seldom common. The habitats favoured by the moth include honeysuckle-rich woodland on acid soils, woods and scrub on chalky soil where ash and privet grow, and coastal scrub where salt-resistant privet thickets colonise chalky undercliffs. The national norm is a single brood in late June and July, but in Dorset there is a partial bivoltine cycle with second brood examples often appearing towards the end of warmer than average summers.