Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Aug-Sep.
|Year first recorded||1955||2007||1982||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2008||2011|
|Number of records||1139||1||34||2348|
|Number of individuals||1421||1||44||2932|
For the region, we have a total of 2348 records from 326 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and other species of bedstraw (Galium spp.). In Dorset, the moth is found in almost every habitat. It ranges from infrequent on sandy soil, to frequent on unimproved grassland on chalky soil inland and along the coastal belt. The flight time covers five months, and two brood cycles are suspected with a period of eighty days, on average, between the first and second peaks of each cycle. The first cycle is a double brood with peaks at the end of May and again in mid-August. The second is a partial double brood with a main peak in early-July and a partial brood in mid-September. The national norm is for a single brood between late May and early July, with a partial second brood in the south in late August and early September.