Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Apr-May.
Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.
|Year first recorded||1952||1984||1952|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1123||119||2484|
|Number of individuals||2675||241||5832|
For the region, we have a total of 2484 records from 256 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1952.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England and Wales, more local in Scotland, the larva feeding on bog myrtle (Myrica gale), sallow (Salix spp.), meadow-sweet (Filipendula ulmaria) and other plants. In Dorset, the moth is frequent in damp habitat but rises to common among bog myrtle in marsh and mire in the Poole Basin, and here the adult is often extremely variable, with pink, brown or purple forms predominating. The moth is also common on unimproved grassland. In all other places it is generally at low density.