Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.
|Year first recorded||1955||1973||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1047||106||2306|
|Number of individuals||1800||192||3984|
For the region, we have a total of 2306 records from 358 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding nocturnally on various shrubs and plants with a preference for bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) and ferns (Dryopteris filix-mas agg.). In Dorset, the moth is frequent in deciduous woodland, especially those rich in birch and sallow, and in woods and on dry heaths where bracken is dominant. Elsewhere it is at low density. Although the moth is single brooded in the UK, a partial second brood is suspected during August and early September.