Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common but thinly distributed and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug
Foodplant: Grey Willow and other willows.
|Year first recorded||1955||2008||1985||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||295||1||48||688|
|Number of individuals||565||1||129||1390|
For the region, we have a total of 688 records from 202 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on sallow and willow (Salix spp.), and poplar (Populus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is locally common on wet heaths, in damp woodland and on damp grassland where sallow is dominant. It is frequent in river valleys where willow or poplar trees are plentiful. It is virtually absent from open tree-less situations.