Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Apr-May.
Forewing: M 14-17mm. F 17-19mm.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2243||205||4896|
|Number of individuals||5843||588||12862|
For the region, we have a total of 4896 records from 350 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in all but the far north of Britain, the larva feeding on a various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and frequently rises to common in damp woodland. Males are readily attracted to light, but the seldom-encountered females may occasionally be seen during the day flying in sunshine. A male ab. rustica where the usual brown ground colour was replaced by white was trapped at Chamberlaynes by H Andrewes.