Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, late Jun-early Sep.
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees and shrubs.
|Year first recorded||1955||1970||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2141||124||4530|
|Number of individuals||7468||313||15562|
For the region, we have a total of 4530 records from 476 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, the cannibalistic larva feeding nocturnally on various tree and shrub species, and on other caterpillars. In Dorset, the moth is common in old oak/birch woodland, frequent in deciduous woods and among scrub and at low density elsewhere. "It is one of the few moths that is partial to the blossom of sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa)." (W Parkinson Curtis manuscript).