Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Forewing: M 21-29mm. F 21-35mm.
Foodplant: Grasses, Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1955||1986||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011|
|Number of records||428||10||876|
|Number of individuals||603||15||1236|
For the region, we have a total of 876 records from 256 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in the British Isles, the larva feeding on the roots of grasses and other plants that include nettle (Urtica spp.), burdock (Arctium spp.), dandelion (Taraxacum spp.) and dock (Rumex spp.). In Dorset, the moth ranges from common on some unimproved alkaline grasslands, to local on sandy soils "further east; it is virtually absent from heathland. The species has not constituted an agricultural pest, but prior to the widespread use of pesticides in agriculture occasionally proved troublesome in flower gardens" (per W Parkinson Curtis manuscript).