Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nb
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-early Aug.
Foodplant: Chickweed spp.
|Year first recorded||1934||2000||1934|
|Year last recorded||2011||2006||2011|
|Number of records||143||3||292|
|Number of individuals||188||3||382|
For the region, we have a total of 292 records from 126 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1934.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A very local species restricted to southern England and Wales, the larva feeding on chickweed and stitchwort (Stellaria spp.). In Dorset, the moth is local, at low density with singletons seen on any given night, and mainly restricted to damp tertiary clay soils on the periphery of the Poole Basin. It occurs most frequently where common chickweed (Stellaria media) grows on heavily fertilised arable, gardens and woodland rides. It is also found sparingly where greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea) grows on hedgebanks and in woods on sandy soils within the Poole Basin. Localities where the moth recurs include Yellowham Wood, Bere Wood, Sares Wood, Shaggs, Trigon and Gaunts Common.