Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1973||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||6700||415||14230|
|Number of individuals||30817||1505||64644|
For the region, we have a total of 14230 records from 448 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to south-east England with scattered records elsewhere in England and Wales, the polyphagous larva feeding on a wide range of herbaceous plants. This species was considered to be solely an immigrant in the early part of the last century. From 1940 to the present time the moth has colonised much of south-east England, with numbers declining in cooler summers and increasing in warmer summers. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and frequent with a marked preference for unimproved grassland where it is often abundant. It is double-brooded, but immigrants undoubtedly augment resident populations from time to time, and these may include third generation individuals during the autumn months. The peak of the second brood is more than twice that of the first.