Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation Jun-Jul, (partial Aug-Oct).
Foodplant: Common Nettle other plants.
|Year first recorded||1955||1983||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2817||202||6038|
|Number of individuals||5468||274||11484|
For the region, we have a total of 6038 records from 468 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 nettle (Urtica dioica) and dead-nettle (Lamium spp.), and occasionally on various other herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and frequent, but at low density in open, unimproved grassland on all soil types, but rises to common in areas where improved farmland provides nitrogen-rich soils where nettle plants flourish. This is therefore one of the very few moth species to benefit from changes in agricultural practices in recent years. The moth is bivoltine and the peak of the first brood is on average, twice as large as the peak of the second.