Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug.
Forewing: M 25-34mm. F 33-40mm.
Foodplant: Heathers, Bilberry, Bramble other woody plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||467||69||1072|
|Number of individuals||719||90||1618|
For the region, we have a total of 1072 records from 268 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring widely across Britain, the larva feeding on a wide range of shrubs and plants. In Dorset, the species is most often seen in open unimproved habitats, and it is particularly common in coastal districts. The male is active during the day when it may be seen flying vigorously, if a little haphazardly, in pursuit of the female pheromone. Assembling with a virgin female may lead to the rapid appearance of several male suitors.