Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Sallows, Willows, Sea Buckthorn, Alder.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1982||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2330||1||145||4952|
|Number of individuals||4230||6||321||9114|
For the region, we have a total of 4952 records from 480 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Similar species: 1889 Macaria notata (Peacock Moth).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species confined to southern England, the larva feeding on sallow (Salix spp.), blackthorn (Prunus spp.), sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides), and alder (Alnus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common wherever sallow and blackthorn grows and has been recorded from most localities across the county. The national norm is for a single brood, but in Dorset the moth appears to have two brood cycles, a single brood in late June and a double brood in early June and early August.