Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation mid Mar-May.
Foodplant: Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws.
|Year first recorded||1885||2007||1994||1885|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2002||2011|
|Number of records||215||1||3||438|
|Number of individuals||424||6||4||868|
For the region, we have a total of 438 records from 144 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A generally distributed species in Britain, the larva feeding on lady's bedstraw (Galium verum), hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and heath bedstraw (Galium saxatile). In Dorset, the moth occurs at low density in scattered colonies across three rather different habitat types. The first of these, and where the moth is most frequently encountered, is unimproved dry chalk grassland where lady's bedstraw and hedge bedstraw are frequent, both on the coast and inland. The second habitat is wet woodland containing fen bedstraw (Galium uliginosum) on alluvial soils and clays in north-west of Dorset, for example, Powerstock, Bracketts Coppice, plus several localities in the Poole Basin, notably Withy Wood at Hengistbury Head. The third habitat is river and water meadow, where fen bedstraw and common marsh bedstraw (Galium palustre) occur; Milton-on-Stour and Woolland and localities for the moth.