Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
Foodplant: Woody plants
|Year first recorded||1956||2007||1973||1956|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||853||1||104||1916|
|Number of individuals||1407||2||181||3180|
For the region, we have a total of 1916 records from 324 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on a wide range of tree and shrub species. In Dorset, the moth has been recorded from most sites across the county. "Larvae are frequently quite abundant, but the mortality rate is high; the choice of foodplant is very frequently ivy" (W Parkinson Curtis ms). Occasional mid-summer individuals are likely to be second brood individuals. The national norm is a single brood in May and June.