Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1955||1973||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2726||336||6124|
|Number of individuals||12437||1768||28410|
For the region, we have a total of 6124 records from 428 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, but absent from Scotland, the larva feeding nocturnally on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is widespread, ranging from locally abundant on unimproved grassland and in open woodland, to frequent elsewhere. Of the five hundred and twenty two examples trapped at Arne between 1993 and 1995, 95% were of the typical form, and 5% referred to the melanistic form, ab. bilinea. The following singleton in a warmer than usual summer is likely to have been a second generation individual: Matchams, at MV on 31 August 1983 (G Le Pard).