Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Jul-Aug.
|Year first recorded||1984||2002||1984|
|Year last recorded||2009||2007||2009|
|Number of records||98||3||202|
|Number of individuals||140||3||286|
For the region, we have a total of 202 records from 46 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1984.
Similar species: 1890 Macaria alternata (Sharp-angled Peacock).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species restricted to southern and western Britain, the larva feeding on birch (Betula spp.) and sallow (Salix spp.). In Dorset the moth is resident at a single site amongst birch woodland on bog and wet heath, and more than fifty observations refer to this species. Birch habitat elsewhere on sandy soil has yet to yield any colonies. The RSPB at Arne have implemented conservation measures to protect the birch woodland at the SSSI. Single Peacock moths have appeared on a many occasions, mainly from localities along and close to the coastal belt, and these are likely to have been immigrants from the near Continent.