Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1955||1985||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2006||2011|
|Number of records||349||18||734|
|Number of individuals||672||40||1424|
For the region, we have a total of 734 records from 226 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 various herbaceous plants before hibernation and the young foliage of shrubs and trees during the spring. In Dorset, the moth is at low density and barely frequent in deciduous woodland, but rare elsewhere. This contrasts markedly with: "the insect is by no means local especially in deciduous woodland, saving that it does not favour heathland nor cultivated land, and is common where it occurs." and "many hundreds seen at sugar." (W Parkinson Curtis).