Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||4172||276||8896|
|Number of individuals||33787||1940||71454|
For the region, we have a total of 8896 records from 400 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common grassland species in England and Wales, more local in Scotland, the larva feeding on the lower stems and roots of grasses. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common to abundant especially on unimproved grassland. "As a list of localities would be a county gazetteer, I will confine myself to expressing the opinion that there is no place, where the larva can find food, that the insect does not occur. It is immensely abundant, and my two friends, H Andrewes and A Russell have offered me the insect by the thousand, or the lb., whenever I liked to take them out of their light traps." (W Parkinson Curtis ms).