Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: May-Jul.
Foodplant: Thistle spp.
|Year first recorded||1812||1993||1812|
|Year last recorded||2010||2009||2010|
|Number of records||476||83||1118|
|Number of individuals||716||84||1600|
For the region, we have a total of 1118 records from 356 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1812.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A locally common species in southern England, the larva feeding on burdocks (Arctium spp.), and thistles (Carduus spp. and Cirsium spp.). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and locally common in thistle-rich habitats, especially in unimproved grassland on chalky soil, damp woodland, waste ground and old pasture.