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, Sep-Oct.
Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak.
|Year first recorded||1959||1985||1959|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||615||83||1396|
|Number of individuals||1239||103||2684|
For the region, we have a total of 1396 records from 196 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, more local further north, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.). In Dorset, this spectacular moth is at low density in parkland and in hedges supporting mature oaks, rising to frequent in old oak woodland; elsewhere it is rare or absent. It appears to have decreased markedly in recent Times; this comment was made more than fifty years ago: "I have found it in considerable numbers in most woodlands containing many deciduous trees." (W Parkinson Curtis manuscript).