Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two or three generations,, Apr-Oct.
Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorns, Plum and Bullace.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||9781||3||404||20376|
|Number of individuals||28614||28||590||58464|
For the region, we have a total of 20376 records from 766 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on blackthorn (Prunus spp.), hawthorn (Crateagus spp.), rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) and many other deciduous shrubs and trees. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and common away from open heathland, and abundant in blackthorn localities. Two brood cycles are suspected, comprising a univoltine cycle peaking at the start of July, and a bivoltine cycle with peaks in mid-May and the end of August - the second peak is more than twice the size of the first.