Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Aspen, poplars
|Year first recorded||1905||1988||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011|
|Number of records||110||72||364|
|Number of individuals||133||129||524|
For the region, we have a total of 364 records from 126 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England, Wales and parts of Scotland, the larva feeding on poplar (Populus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density as poplar is a rarely planted tree in the county. It is frequent on the Moors River at Hurn where there is a grove of mature black poplar (Populus nigra) trees; half of the county tally has been recorded from this single site.
Dispersal some distance from the poplar is likely to account for the following examples: West Bexington, on 19 August 1998, 3 August, 6 August, 8 August, and 9 August 2000 (R Eden), Portland, on 20 July 1994, 23 July 1995 (M Cade), Puddletown, on 22 July 2000, 29 July 2004 (H Wood Homer), St Albans Head, on 7 August 1992 (P Davey), Shaggs, on 6 August 2002, 4 August 2003 (M Parsons), Trigon Heath, on 18 July 1999 (C Manley, et al), Trigon, on 1 August 2000 (C Manley), Gore Heath, on 12 July 1999 (P Davey), Arne Wood, on 16 July 1987 (B Pickess), Ballard Down, on 4 August 2000 (C Manley).