Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1890||1985||1890|
|Year last recorded||2011||2005||2011|
|Number of records||99||3||204|
|Number of individuals||243||3||492|
For the region, we have a total of 204 records from 76 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1890.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A lowland species most frequently found on the eastern half of Britain, the larva feeding on herbaceous plants and noted as a pest species on vegetables, cultivated plants, clovers (Trifolium spp.), plantain (Plantago spp.) and Umbelliferae. In Dorset, the moth is at low density and occurs in a variety of different habitats. It is found locally in the salt marshes of Poole Harbour, in suburban gardens in Dorchester, Weymouth, Swanage and Poole, and on rich soils within certain river systems such as the River Frome, River Piddle and the River Iwerne. The moth is strongly attracted to the flowers of ragwort. The individual illustrated is an aberrant example and was trapped near Wimborne by R Stewart on 29 July 1948.