Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Cow parsley, Burnet-saxifrage, Hedge bedstraw.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2815||1||161||5954|
|Number of individuals||4244||3||220||8934|
For the region, we have a total of 5954 records from 460 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A generally distributed species in Britain apart from northern Scotland, the larva feeding on the withered, decaying or mouldy leaves of, amongst others, burnet saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga), hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris). In Dorset, the moth is particularly common on unimproved grassland on chalky soil inland such as on the Purbeck Ridge, and on coastal grassland, notably on Portland. It is least frequent on sandy soils. The extended three plus month flight period suggests two overlapping broods.