Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-May, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Many plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1987||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1219||15||2468|
|Number of individuals||1491||15||3012|
For the region, we have a total of 2468 records from 356 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: Widespread in England, but local in southern Scotland, the poyphagous larva feeding on the flowers of many plants including dog-rose (Rosa canina), hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), bramble (Rubus fruticosus), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), ragwort (Senecio spp.), and goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and most common on unimproved grassland on chalky soils where dog-rose abounds. It is largely absent from open heathland. The peak of the second brood is on average, almost twice as large as that of the first.