Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Many low growing plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||3758||199||7914|
|Number of individuals||12421||626||26094|
For the region, we have a total of 7914 records from 558 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A lowland species found throughout Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on herbaceous plants. In Dorset, this invariable moth is ubiquitous and frequent to common, but rarely abundant. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, and this is the case in Dorset, but many individuals noted in May and again in September, suggest an occasional additional bivoltine cycle. Unusually high numbers of adults were trapped on 28 June, 3 August and 10 August 1994; see graphic of numbers trapped across the county during this year. It seems likely that many of the moths seen on the peak dates were primary immigrants from central or western France. The following late examples may have been out of season emergences, but are more likely to have been immigrants transported on south to south-easterly airflows established on both occasions from southern Europe: West Bexington, 10 October 2006 (R Eden), Higher Hyde, 13 October 2006 (Dr P Sterling), Gaunts Common, on 2 November 1983 (Miss M Brooks).