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, Jul-Aug
Foodplant: Broadleaved woody plants. Hawthorn, Blackthorn etc.
|Year first recorded||1955||2008||1970||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||3181||1||190||6744|
|Number of individuals||5922||1||298||12442|
For the region, we have a total of 6744 records from 462 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on a variety of deciduous tree and shrub species. In Dorset, the moth is frequent practically everywhere with no discernible favoured habitat; however, numbers trapped at Swanage and West Bexington are relatively high, and suggests a preference for blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) in these sloe-rich localities. The moth becomes scarce in situations where there is a dearth of trees and shrubs. The extreme aberration illustrated was trapped at West Bexington by Roy Eden on 18 July 2002.