Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Broadleaved woody plants. Hawthorn, Blackthorn etc.
|Year first recorded||1905||2008||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1732||1||78||3622|
|Number of individuals||2822||1||84||5814|
For the region, we have a total of 3622 records from 424 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout southern Britain, the larva feeding on hawthorn (Crateagus spp.), blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), ivy (Hedera helix), privet (Ligustrum spp.) and a variety of other deciduous and evergreen tree and shrub species. In Dorset, the moth is evenly distributed. 'The insect is not abundant and does not like fir woods, but it is a usual sight of an evening flying rapidly along country lanes, in rides in woods and about town in gardens and parks' (W Parkinson Curtis ms). Examples have been trapped occasionally during autumns following warm summers; these suggest a bivoltine tendency in recent years: 1989, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006.