Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One or two generations, late May-Aug
Foodplant: Common Toadflax.
|Year first recorded||1933||1933|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011|
|Number of records||165||330|
|Number of individuals||227||454|
For the region, we have a total of 330 records from 88 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1933.
Similar species: 1817 Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found across England and Wales, but local in Scotland, the larva feeding on the flowers and seed capsules of common toadflax (Linaria vulgaris). In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density, occurring most frequently on Portland, and elsewhere scattered on chalky soil in 'non-native' and transient habitats, such as field edges, dry verges, embankments and disturbed ground. The flight period covers three months on average, and, given the relatively prolonged flowering period of the host foodplant between July and October, it is likely that many of the moths recorded in the late summer are second brood individuals. The species is bivoltine in the southern part of its range on the Continent. Collecting bunches of toadflax seedheads in the autumn have yielded adults the following July.