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: Field Maple, Sycamore and Alder.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||571||1||93||1330|
|Number of individuals||772||1||136||1818|
For the region, we have a total of 1330 records from 296 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in southern Britain, the larva feeding on maple (Acer spp.), but more local further north where the larva feeds on alder (Alnus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is associated with deciduous woodland on chalky soil and here it is usually frequent. However, it is locally common in damp deciduous woodland on acid and clay soils, for example at Oakers Wood, Holt Forest, Trigon Ford and Arne Wood. In this biotype maple is largely absent, and alder or birch (Betula spp.) may host larvae at these sites. The moth has also also been recorded from coastal locations where there are few deciduous trees: St Alban's Head, Portland Bird Observatory and West Bexington.