Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-mid Aug.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1988||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2007||2011|
|Number of records||1889||2||3||3788|
|Number of individuals||2674||17||3||5388|
For the region, we have a total of 3788 records from 440 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species confined to south-west Britain, rare elsewhere, the larva feeding on lichens (Usnea spp.) growing on oak (Quercus spp.), on hawthorn (Crateagus spp.), on field maple (Acer campestris), on blackthorn (Prunus spp.) and on rocks. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and often common in deciduous woodland and amongst scrub, particularly in the west of the county where lichen density is greater in a slightly more humid climate. Elsewhere, it is frequent only locally. Second brood individuals are occasionally recorded in the autumn following warmer than average summers: 1995, 2003, 2006.