Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-May and Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Aspen, poplars, sallows and willows.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1985||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||501||1||99||1202|
|Number of individuals||628||2||127||1514|
For the region, we have a total of 1202 records from 254 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern and eastern England, the larva feeding on poplar (Populus spp.) and sallow and willow (Salix spp.). In Dorset, the moth is at low density, but appears to be most frequent in poplar-rich river habitat, and also in sallow scrub lagoon and fen habitat. The moth is also found within woodland where aspens grow, for example, Fifehead Wood, Boys Wood and Castle Hill Wood. The moth is rarely noted elsewhere, and this includes sallow-rich habitat on heathland. The peak of the first brood is, on average, twice as large as that of the second brood.