Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Plum, Cherry, Crab Apple.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2000||1||62||4126|
|Number of individuals||4101||1||76||8356|
For the region, we have a total of 4126 records from 438 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species across southern Britain, more local elsewhere, the larva feeding on hawthorn (Crateagus spp.), blackthorn (Prunus spp.), apple (Malus spp) and aspen (Populus tremens). In Dorset, the moth is most frequent amongst hawthorn and blackthorn, and least common on open heathland. The national norm is for a single brood in May and June, however, the prolonged flight period of three months in Dorset is unlikely to be a single emergence, and two broods are suspected. The peak in early July may indicate adults from both broods on the wing at the same time. The following three moths were trapped at light on the coast during immigration events and are suspected immigrants from regions of the Continent that support an autumn brood: Walditch, on 29 October 2006 (M Parsons), West Bexington, on 2 September 2004, 19 September 2005 (R Eden), Durlston, on 23 October 1996, 10 September 1999 (P Davey).