Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
Foodplant: Various plants.
|Year first recorded||1937||1937|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010|
|Number of records||27||54|
|Number of individuals||70||140|
For the region, we have a total of 54 records from 28 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1937.
Similar species: 1827 Eupithecia intricata (Freyer's Pug).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species restricted to southern and eastern England, the larva feeding on the flowers of many plants including knapweed (Centaurea spp.), wild thyme (Thymus polytrichus) and meadow sweet (Filipendula ulmaria). In Dorset, this moth is very local, but sometimes common where it occurs, being easily disturbed by day from its resting-place among open scrub. The stronghold is in north-east Dorset on unimproved grassland on chalky soil, but a single record in central Dorset hints that the species is more widespread in this habitat than records suggest. The species has also been found on unimproved neutral grassland in the Blackmore Vale on ill-drained clay soil. It is likely that overall populations of the moth have reduced in response to the reduction in unimproved grassland habitat. Larvae have been found on common valerian (Valeriana officinalis), but the majority of observations come from habitats where knapweed is abundant. There are no records from the coastal belt.