Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Broadleaved grasses.
|Year first recorded||1971||1983||1971|
|Year last recorded||2011||2010||2011|
|Number of records||263||17||560|
|Number of individuals||788||76||1728|
For the region, we have a total of 560 records from 178 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1971.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in south-east England, otherwise local in the rest of England and Wales, the larva feeding near the ground on various broad-bladed grasses such as common reed (Phragmites australis), hairy wood-rush (Luzula pilosa), purple moor-grass (Molinia caerulea), cock's-foot (Dactylus glomerata) and reed canary-grass (Phalaris arundinacea). In Dorset, the moth is common to abundant among purple moor-grass on wet heaths and mire in the Poole Basin, and at low density in both damp unimproved grassland in the Blackmoor Vale, and in old woodland that has avoided deforestation where hairy wood-rush still grows. Elsewhere it is absent.
Hill, L., 2014: PBO, on 17 June 2014 (M Cade); there are 2 previous Portland records of which no details are available at this time.