Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Dandelion, Foxglove and docks.
|Year first recorded||1905||1984||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||4128||272||8800|
|Number of individuals||21637||667||44608|
For the region, we have a total of 8800 records from 448 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 various herbaceous plants and, unlike their cogeners after hibernation, do not ascend to feed on the young foliage of shrubs and trees during the spring. In Dorset, the moth is common for the most-part, and rises to abundant on unimproved grassland habitat irrespective of geology or moisture levels, and falling to low density in woodland and on core heathland. The two broods are of similar magnitude.