Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Mar-May.
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees. Birches, sallows, oaks, Hazel.
|Year first recorded||1938||2007||1975||1938|
|Year last recorded||2011||2010||2011||2011|
|Number of records||4339||2||602||9886|
|Number of individuals||28664||3||4374||66082|
For the region, we have a total of 9886 records from 436 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1938.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), sallow (Salix spp.), elm (Ulmus spp.) and other deciduous tree species. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common to abundant with a protracted flight period lasting three months between the end of February and the end of May. The following individuals were trapped on rather early dates: Chamberlaynes, at light on 15 November 1938 (H Andrewes), West Bexington, at MV on 20 January 1998 (R Eden), Puddletown, at MV on 9 December 2004 (H Wood Homer), Gaunts Common, at MV on 26 November 1994, 2 December 1994, 13 November 1995 (P Davey).