Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Lady's Bedstraw, Heath Bedstraw and Hedge Bedstraw.
|Year first recorded||1966||1966|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011|
|Number of records||365||730|
|Number of individuals||860||1720|
For the region, we have a total of 730 records from 152 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1966.
Similar species: 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata (Garden Carpet).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A coastal species in Britain, occasionally found inland on calcareous soils in southern England, the larva feeding on hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and lady's bedstraw (Galium verum). In Dorset, the moth is locally common in unimproved dry grassland along the coast between Durlston and Charmouth, including Portland, and at low-density on a handful of unimproved grassland localities on chalky soil inland, such as Melbury Down in north Dorset. The flight time covers in excess of four months, with two brood cycles suspected, with a period of seventy-two days, on average, between the first and second peaks of each cycle. The first has peaks in early June and mid-August and the second has a main peak in early-July and early-September. The national norm is for a single brood between June and early August in northern Britain and a double brood in the south.
Hill, L., 2013: