Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Cleavers and Bedstraws
|Year first recorded||1960||2004||2007||1975||1960|
|Year last recorded||2011||2004||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||851||1||1||89||1884|
|Number of individuals||1330||1||2||94||2854|
For the region, we have a total of 1884 records from 422 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1960.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on chickweed (Stellaria spp.), dock (Rumex spp.), grasses (Gramineae spp.), and other low-growing plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common to abundant, and far more frequently flushed out from its hiding places during the daytime than encountered at light traps at night. The national norm is a single brood between mid-June and mid-August, but in Dorset the moth is double-brooded, the first brood between late May and early July, and a second between mid-August and late September. The peak of the first brood is, on average, twice that of the second brood.