Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||782||66||1696|
|Number of individuals||1597||197||3588|
For the region, we have a total of 1696 records from 308 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species restricted to southern Britain, the larva feeding on herbaceous plants and grasses. In Dorset, the moth is at low density, and ranges from frequent on unimproved grassland on all soils to absent in woodland. Unusually high numbers of adults were trapped at West Bexington on 1 August 1995, as shown in the graphic of all Least Yellow Underwing moths trapped across the county during that year. It is likely that many of the moths recorded on this date at West Bexington were immigrants from north-east France, or from further east in northern Europe (see account of Portland Moth2099 plus weather map for 1 August 1995).