Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Heathland plants including Heather, Broom, Hawthorn, Bramble and Creeping Willow.
|Year first recorded||1946||1983||1946|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||285||17||604|
|Number of individuals||575||74||1298|
For the region, we have a total of 604 records from 108 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1946.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, restricted to heathland, moorland, and coastal habitat, the larva feeding on heather (Calluna vulgaris and Erica spp.), broom (Cytisus scoparius), gorse (Ulex spp.), sallow (Salix spp.) and many other plants. In Dorset, the moth is confined to dry heathland where it is frequent very locally. Apart for a single record of an example trapped on Portland on 10 July 2005 in a light offshore north-easterly airflow, there are no records of the moth well away from heathland. The moth has been trapped on Brownsea Island where there are fragments of dry heather clad areas. "The adult is easily overlooked as it sits cryptically on stout heather stems which make it difficult to spot (W Parkinson Curtis ms)."