Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1955||1983||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011|
|Number of records||981||248||2458|
|Number of individuals||2317||711||6056|
For the region, we have a total of 2458 records from 270 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on the roots of Compositae species including dandelion (Taraxacum spp.) and hawk's-beards (Crepis spp.). In Dorset, the moth is frequent to common on dry unimproved grassland on chalky and sandy soils; it is at low density or absent within woodland and wetland. The moth is double-brooded in the county, with a second generation between mid July and mid August; however, the following light trap records suggest a very occasional partial second generation: Puddletown, on 13 September 2000 (H Wood Homer), Gillingham, on 17 September 1997 (G Hopkins), Winterborne Stickland, on 15 September 2002 (L de Whalley), Gaunts Common, on 18 September 1983 (Miss M Brooks), Matchams, on 8 September 1983 (G Le Pard).