Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1953||1994||1953|
|Year last recorded||2011||2006||2011|
|Number of records||156||15||342|
|Number of individuals||455||18||946|
For the region, we have a total of 342 records from 96 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1953.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout southern and eastern England, but local elsewhere, the larva feeding on many plants including hawk's-beard (Crepis spp.), field scabious (Knautia arvensis), small scabious (Scabiosa columbaria), devil's-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) and ragwort (Senecio spp.). In Dorset, the moth is at locally common on unimproved grassland on chalky soil both on the coast and inland. Elsewhere, it is found sparingly on unimproved acid grassland, for example Hengistbury Head, where smooth hawk's-beard (Crepis capillaris) and ragwort proliferate.