Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, mid Jun-mid Aug.
|Year first recorded||1887||1887|
|Year last recorded||2009||2009|
|Number of records||29||58|
|Number of individuals||32||64|
For the region, we have a total of 58 records from 30 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1887.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England, the larva feeding on the ripening seed capsules of burnet-saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga). In Dorset, the moth is very local and at low density being found in three unimproved grassland localities. These are on Portland and on Purbeck and on the Cranborne Chase. Old records indicate that the moth was more widespread in the past, presumably due to the far larger areas of dry unimproved grassland upon which burnet saxifrage grows. Diagnostics include: ash-grey ground colour, notum and head; elongated wings. It is recommended that this species be included in management plans for unimproved grassland sites on chalk soils in relation to maintain viable stocks of burnet-saxifrage.