Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||174||30||408|
|Number of individuals||175||37||424|
For the region, we have a total of 408 records from 182 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England and Wales, rare in Scotland, the larva is polyphagous. In Dorset, this large moth is local and probably under-recorded due to the moth's reluctance to visit light traps although actinic traps are apparently more successful, and, like the preceding species, sugar bait attracts well. "In my experience, very local and with a marked preference for the neighbourhood of water." (W Parkinson Curtis ms). There are several records of the species found by day in sheds, under bridges, in houses, in fact anywhere that affords shade. There is just one larval record: Bloxworth Heath, final instar larva head down along currant stem; several stalks, no leaf parts left on 1 May 2006 (P Davey).