Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Red, White and Sea Campion.
|Year first recorded||1905||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011|
|Number of records||362||8||740|
|Number of individuals||439||8||894|
For the region, we have a total of 740 records from 124 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Similar species: 2173 Lychnis.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widely distributed species in Britain, the larva feeding on the ripening seeds of various campions (Silene spp.). In Dorset, the moth is at low density. It is perhaps most frequent on the coast where it is associated with sea campion (Silene uniflora) and the very local nottingham catchfly (Silene nutans), also inland on chalky soils where white campion (Silene latifolia) and bladder campion (Silene vulgaris) grow. The moth is virtually absent from sandy soils away from Poole Harbour, and there are no records from the north-west of the county, which suggests red campion (Silene dioica) is not a host foodplant for the species. The moth is double-brooded in Dorset, the second brood marginally more numerous than the first.