Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Three generations, Mar-May, Jun-Jul and Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Many plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1986||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||5538||1||390||11858|
|Number of individuals||10834||1||869||23408|
For the region, we have a total of 11858 records from 628 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding on the flowers and leaves of a wide range of plants and shrubs. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and often abundant, especially on gorse-clad heathland and in oak woodland. It has been noted in every month of the year; occasional large well-marked specimens are trapped during migrant activity, especially during October. The moth seems to have three main broods; these are in spring, summer and autumn, respectively, but timings vary according to season.