Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: A variety of foodstuffs and decaying matter.
|Year first recorded||1959||1999||1959|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||357||93||900|
|Number of individuals||1290||330||3240|
For the region, we have a total of 900 records from 288 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Most of the records up to 2005 were recorded as Blastobasis lignea which has long been used for what is now known as Blastobasis adustella. Research by Karsholt & SInev in 2004 has concluded that the real lignea is in fact a species restricted to Madeira, and further complicated by the fact that lignea is now a synonym of Blastobasis vittata. Since 2008 vittata has occurred in several southern coastal counties, but as yet not recorded in Dorset.