Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Mar-Apr.
Foodplant: Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws.
|Year first recorded||1886||1984||1886|
|Year last recorded||2011||1988||2011|
|Number of records||137||4||282|
|Number of individuals||304||8||624|
For the region, we have a total of 282 records from 90 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1886.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on lady's bedstraw (Galium verum) and heath bedstraw (Galium saxatile). In Dorset, the moth frequents two habitat types: the first, where it is locally common, is unimproved grassland on chalky soils where lady's bedstraw grows inland and along the coast between Durlston and Charmouth, including Portland. The second is heathland and acid grassland in the Poole Basin where heath bedstraw grows; in this sandy habitat it is at low density and seems to have decreased in recent years. The following individuals were observed at light traps on relatively early dates: Portland, on 5 February 1994, 19 January 2006 (M Cade), Puddletown, on 14 January 2003 (H Wood Homer), Durlston, five on 12 February 2004 (S Nash).