Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Probable migrant/wanderer, possibly rare resident.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Aug.
Foodplant: Ragworts and Goldenrod.
|Year first recorded||2003||2003|
|Year last recorded||2004||2004|
|Number of records||3||6|
|Number of individuals||2||4|
For the region, we have a total of 6 records from 6 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2003.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species that is most frequently encountered in western Britain, the larva feeding on the flowers of golden-rod (Solidago vigaurea) and ragwort (Senecio jacobaea). There are three site records from Dorset. The following moths appeared at light traps during intense immigrant activity and are thought to have haled from the Continent: West Bexington, on 4 August 2003 (R Eden), Warre Wood, on 10 June 2004 (Dr P Sterling). The third site record was of larvae found in coppiced oak and birch woodland: Piddles Wood, two larvae on golden-rod flowers 19 September 2004, single adult emerged 25 April 2005 (Dr P Sterling). It is recommended that this species be included in habitat management plans for this old woodland site and that coppicing levels are maintained to promote viable stocks of golden-rod in cleared areas.