Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Oct-Nov, small numbers to late Mar.
Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn, sallows, oaks, docks.
|Year first recorded||1935||1983||1935|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||606||29||1270|
|Number of individuals||922||57||1958|
For the region, we have a total of 1270 records from 178 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1935.
Similar species: 2258 Chestnut.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in southern Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding nocturnally on various deciduous trees and shrubs. In Dorset, the moth is at low density across the county with no discernible habitat preferences, although the coastal population tends to be marginally higher than those inland. The records indicate a drop in numbers of more than eighty per cent on average, between the autumn and spring peaks.