Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Apr-Jun.
Foodplant: Garden Privet, Lilac and Jasmine.
|Year first recorded||1955||2007||1975||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||765||1||18||1568|
|Number of individuals||1024||5||18||2094|
For the region, we have a total of 1568 records from 292 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species across England and Wales, but local elsewhere, the larva feeding on lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and privet (Ligustrum spp.) in non-rural locations. In Dorset, the moth is frequently seen in suburbia where lilac is grown in gardens and garden privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) is used in hedges. Away from towns, the moth is frequent on calcareous clay soil and chalky soil where it probably feeds on ash (Fraxinus spp.) and privet, both native Oleaceae plant species. Elsewhere, the moth is seldom seen.