Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Mid Jun-mid Aug.
Foodplant: Various plants and deciduous trees including Sallows and Oak.
|Year first recorded||1932||1993||1932|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||481||360||1682|
|Number of individuals||1748||839||5174|
For the region, we have a total of 1682 records from 388 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1932.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species across southern England and Wales, the larva is polyphagous on plants and colonises leaf litter. In Dorset, the moth occurs in three main biotypes. The first is on open heathland where it is usually common, and locally abundant. The second is in mature and derelict deciduous woodland with deep oak leaf litter where it also locally abundant The third habitat is in coastal towns where it is occasionally frequent and where the larva has been found in leaf litter beneath lawson’s cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana). The national norm is for a single brood in July and August, but in Dorset the moth is bivoltine in some years with a partial second brood at the end of September.