Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Oct-Jan.
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees.
|Year first recorded||1955||1982||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||428||49||954|
|Number of individuals||1366||57||2846|
For the region, we have a total of 954 records from 134 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in southern Britain, less so further north, the larva feeding on a variety of deciduous tree and shrub species. The female is wingless. In Dorset, this highly variable moth is widespread and common, particularly so in deciduous woodland. It has not been noted as a pest species recently, but in the middle of the last century the moth was said to have been "often destructively abundant, not only in the woods, but on occasion in town gardens" (W Parkinson Curtis ms). The much larger quantity of old oak and birch woodland across the region probably provided ideal conditions for the large populations reported at the time.