Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Common Reed and Reed Canary-grass.
|Year first recorded||1905||1985||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||604||82||1372|
|Number of individuals||4493||343||9672|
For the region, we have a total of 1372 records from 188 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in south-east Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on common reed (Phragmites australis) and reed canary-grass (Phalaris arundinacea), and hiding by day in old hollow reed stems or amongst reed litter. In Dorset, the moth is frequent amongst common reed growing along the coast in shallow water, in brackish estuaries and on wet clay cliffs; it also colonises fens inland in the Poole Basin. Occasionally, dispersed singletons are observed some distance from reed habitat.