Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||9471||1||572||20088|
|Number of individuals||37511||6||1852||78738|
For the region, we have a total of 20088 records from 768 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Similar species: 2102a Ochropleura leucogaster (Radford's Flame Shoulder).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species that occurs widely across Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common, increasing to abundant in open areas. The peak of the second brood is roughly 70% more numerous than the first, on average. Unusually high numbers of adults were trapped in 1994 between 30 July and 10 August, as shown in the graphic of numbers trapped across the county during 1994. Immigration from western Europe is likely, as the peak coincided with warm south to south-easterly airflows. Another large influx occurred during early August 2003: Durlston, 89 at MV light on 7 August 2003 (J McGill), with a similar weather pattern established to that in 1994.