Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants. Nettle, docks, burdocks etc.
|Year first recorded||1905||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1809||173||3964|
|Number of individuals||4928||380||10616|
For the region, we have a total of 3964 records from 336 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout Britain, the larva feeding on a wide variety of herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is common on unimproved grassland, on farmland transitioning from improved arable to unimproved grassland such as 'set-aside' land on chalky soils, in river valleys and in gardens well stocked with herbaceous plants. The moth is infrequent on dry acid soils where herbaceous plants are scarce. None of the extreme varieties that are occasionally noted elsewhere in the UK have been recorded in Dorset. The following light trap records refer to potential second brood individuals: Puddletown, on 1 October 2000 (H Wood Homer), Gaunts Common, on 28 October 1995 (P Davey).