Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Sep-Apr.
Foodplant: Omnivorous. Broadleaved trees and shrubs - Moth larvae.
|Year first recorded||1956||1982||1956|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||751||63||1628|
|Number of individuals||1288||86||2748|
For the region, we have a total of 1628 records from 228 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread but declining species in Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding nocturnally on various deciduous trees and shrubs, and developing cannibalistic tendencies when in final instars, even eating aphids. The adult derives its name from the small markings that lie close to the central orange, yellow or white dot near the center of its forewing. In Dorset, the moth is frequent in deciduous woodland and rarely seen in open situations. The moth was formerly far more common with old observations such as "Bere Wood, abundant." (W Parkinson Curtis ms) and "Cranborne, common." (F Fisher). This declining trend appears to be general across much of Britain, and, in the case of Dorset, is in no small part due to the removal of so much old deciduous woodland in the last seventy years or so. The peak of the spring emergence is roughly forty per cent of the autumn peak.