Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common but restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Heather and Bell Heather.
|Year first recorded||1955||1975||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2624||232||5712|
|Number of individuals||46991||10649||115280|
For the region, we have a total of 5712 records from 396 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: The commonest heathland macromoth species in Britain, the larva feeding on heather (Calluna vulgaris) and bell heather (Erica cinerea). In Dorset, the moth is abundant on heathland. In favourable years trap totals are large, for example, 5000 at Furzebrook in 1972 and 2400 at Matchams in 1986. There are many observations of short or medium-range dispersal away from heathland, see also the Narrow-winged Pug1846 account. Interestingly, colonisation away from heathland has been observed in Europe for this species.