Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Birches, Alder, Hazel and Oaks.
|Year first recorded||1962||1984||1962|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011|
|Number of records||517||26||1086|
|Number of individuals||949||34||1966|
For the region, we have a total of 1086 records from 234 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1962.
Similar species: 1656 Tetheella fluctuosa (Satin Lutestring).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on birch (Betula spp.), and less frequently on oak (Quercus spp.) and alder (Alnus spp.). In Dorset, the moth tends to be most common in oak and birch woodland, particularly in old woods such as Piddles Wood, Oakers Wood and Holt Forest. It also occurs at low density amongst birch scrub on heathland. Away from these habitats the moth turns up only very occasionally as singletons.