Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-mid Aug.
Foodplant: Ash and Wild Privet.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1982||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1770||2||82||3708|
|Number of individuals||3601||5||102||7416|
For the region, we have a total of 3708 records from 442 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and privet (Ligustrum vulgare). In Dorset, the moth is frequent but rarely common, wherever ash or wild privet grows in quantity on chalky soils. The moth is rare in the Poole Basin. Salt-resistant privet thickets in coastal undercliffs and on the Chesil Bank, also support colonies. Although the moth is single brooded between late June and July in the UK, a separate single brood is suspected from early-May, with the main brood on the wing between late-June and early August; there is an occasional partial second generation in late August and early September most often at the end of hot summers.