Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Cleavers, Hedge and other Bedstraws
|Year first recorded||1905||2002||2007||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2002||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||3319||1||1||170||6982|
|Number of individuals||5478||1||7||259||11490|
For the region, we have a total of 6982 records from 650 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on members of the bedstraw family (Galium spp.). In Dorset, the moth is found wherever bedstraw plants grow, indeed it is locally abundant on dry or damp unimproved grassland where bedstraws grow in quantity, and in localities where cleavers (Galium aparine) festoons hedges and ditches. On sandy soil it is infrequent. The flight time covers a four-month period and two brood cycles are suspected with a period of eighty days, on average between the first and second peaks of each cycle. The first cycle is a full double brood with peaks in early May and late July. The second cycle is a partial double brood with a main peak in late June plus a small partial brood in mid-September. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July in northern Britain and a double brood across the south.