Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Jun-Jul, Aug-Oct.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||6168||379||13094|
|Number of individuals||31604||1229||65666|
For the region, we have a total of 13094 records from 596 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Similar species: 2198 Mythimna impura (Smoky Wainscot).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on a wide variety of grasses including cock's-foot (Dactylus glomerata), common couch (Elytrigia repens), tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) and annual meadow grass (Poa annua). In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common, rising to abundant among arable and unimproved grassland. The national norm is for two overlapping generations between late-June and early October, but in Dorset the first generation is usually on the wing by mid-May and the second over by the end of October. The peak of the second brood is nearly four times larger on average, than that of the peak of the first brood.