Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Oct.
Foodplant: Many plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2290||115||4810|
|Number of individuals||2516||135||5302|
For the region, we have a total of 4810 records from 356 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on the flowers of many plants including yarrow (Achillea millefolium), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), ragwort (Senecio spp.), knapweed (Centaurea spp.), burnet saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga) and traveller's joy (Clematis vitalba). In Dorset, this singular moth is common along the coast where yarrow abounds, and rarest on open heathland and in conifer plantation. Elsewhere, the moth is frequent on unimproved grassland along the Purbeck Ridge and on the north Dorset downs where larvae have been found on burnet saxifrage. The peak of the second brood is on average, three times larger than that of the first.