Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Bulrush and Lesser Bulrush.
|Year first recorded||1895||1985||1895|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011|
|Number of records||296||17||626|
|Number of individuals||285||20||610|
For the region, we have a total of 626 records from 136 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1895.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species throughout England and Wales, the larva feeding in the stems of bulrush (Typha spp.). In Dorset, bulrush is a rapid coloniser of nutrient-rich ponds, flooded pits and ditches, and is found locally in most of the county's river systems. "In my opinion, to be obtained in any place where bulrush has been established for any length of time." (W Parkinson Curtis manuscript). The following light trap records denote a flight period extending into the autumn in some years: Iwerne Minster, two on 13 October 1955, two on 9 November 1955 (H Moore), West Bexington, on 9 October 1996 (R Eden), Furzebrook, on 20 October 1975 (Professor N Webb), Holton Heath Marsh, two on 10 October 1994 (P Davey), Gaunts Common, on 12 October 1996 (P Davey), Hengistbury Head, female on 18 October 2003 (M Jeffes).