Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug
Foodplant: Black Currant, Red Currant, Gooseberry.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||651||89||1480|
|Number of individuals||1018||112||2260|
For the region, we have a total of 1480 records from 268 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, the larva feeding on red currant (Ribes rubrum), black currant (Ribes nigrum) and gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa). In Dorset, the moth is frequent in areas close to allotments and nurseries where host foodplants are grown for domestic use, and from damp woodland where red currant forms an understory. Phoenix moths have been trapped in Briars Wood, Oakers Wood, Arne Wood, Chetterwood, Holt Forest and Boys Wood. The national norm is for a single brood in July and August, but in Dorset, a partial bivoltine cycle is suspected with the moth on the wing over a three-month period. The first brood is on the wing between early June and late July, and the second brood flies between early August and early September.