Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Pignut, on the flowers and seeds
|Year first recorded||1887||2003||1887|
|Year last recorded||2011||2003||2011|
|Number of records||21||1||44|
|Number of individuals||187||5||384|
For the region, we have a total of 44 records from 28 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1887.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in northern and western Britain, but very local in south-eastern England, the larva feeding on the flowers and seeds of pignut (Conopodium majus). In Dorset, this sooty-black day-flying moth is very local despite the foodplant being common in woods and locally abundant in old pastures and parks. Recent records suggest a distribution that is restricted to two discrete areas. The first is old, damp pasture on the Lulworth Ranges and on Corfe Common where pignut is abundant; the second is dry grassland on chalky soils in north-east Dorset where pignut is common very locally, such as along the summit of Melbury Down. It has yet to be recorded from woodland and this suggests that, like the Argent and Sable1787 and Drab Looper1878, the Chimney Sweeper relishes open, sunlit situations.