Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Sep.
Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||6579||347||13852|
|Number of individuals||20112||952||42128|
For the region, we have a total of 13852 records from 602 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva is polyphagous and occasionally a pest in market gardens to tomato plants (Lycopersicon esculentum). In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common. "In those parts of the country I know, sufficiently abundant to be a pest. Its larvae are especially destructive to gladiolus flower spikes, lupins, carnations and primulae." (W Parkinson Curtis ms). The moth appears to have two brood cycles, a single brood in July, and a double brood peaking in June and again in September. Examples are observed as early as April 1 and as late as November 4.