Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorns, Rose family.
|Year first recorded||1905||1999||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2010||2011|
|Number of records||198||6||408|
|Number of individuals||264||6||540|
For the region, we have a total of 408 records from 152 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to southern Britain, the larva feeding on hawthorn (Crateagus spp.) and blackthorn (Prunus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density, occurring in a range of habitat types, mainly on chalky soil but sometimes on clay soil where hawthorn and/or plum (Prunus domestica) grow. Clay soil localities include Yellowham Wood, Piddles Wood, Merley, Gaunts Common and Castle Hill Wood. Singletons occasionally turn up elsewhere in the county. The following moths probably refer to second-brood individuals: West Bexington, at MV light on 7 and 8 September 1997 (R Eden), Wimborne St Giles, by day on 7 August 1997 (D Jeffers).