Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
Forewing: M 22-26mm. F 26-31mm.
Foodplant: Heathers, Bilberry, Creeping Willow. Brambles.
|Year first recorded||1960||1994||1983||1960|
|Year last recorded||2011||1994||2011||2011|
|Number of records||324||1||67||784|
|Number of individuals||567||1||117||1370|
For the region, we have a total of 784 records from 254 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1960.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread and locally common species in Britain, the larva feeding on a wide range of shrubs and plants. In Dorset, the species is most often seen in open habitats. It is particularly common on heathland and in open grassy tracts in deciduous woodland (eg. Stubhampton Bottom) and scrub (eg. Lyscombe Hill) on chalky soils. The adult male Fox behaves in a similar way to the adult male Oak Eggar1637, flying strongly over open country during the day.