Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident, occasional wanderer.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Sallows, Willow, Aspen other Poplars
|Year first recorded||1959||1983||1959|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||426||62||976|
|Number of individuals||1246||87||2666|
For the region, we have a total of 976 records from 138 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on sallow (Salix spp), creeping willow (Salix repens), birch (Betula spp.) and aspen (Populus tremula). In Dorset, the moth is found exclusively on sandy soil where it is locally common. The following light trap records coincided with westerly airflows, and dispersal from upland regions to the west of Dorset are suspected on each occasion: Bridport, on 18 July 2004 (D Wedd), West Bexington, on 14 August 1993, 3 September 2001 (R Eden), Upwey, on 28 July 2004 (P Harris), Gillingham, on 27 July 1996 (G Hopkins). The following records are of potential second brood individuals and coincided with southerly airflows from abroad: Puddletown, at MV on 27 October 2001, 30 October 2001 (H Wood Homer).