Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Aug-Oct.
Foodplant: Grass seeds.
|Year first recorded||1905||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2651||88||5478|
|Number of individuals||3673||148||7642|
For the region, we have a total of 5478 records from 280 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: An unimproved grassland and unimproved arable species in Britain, the larva feeding on the seeds of grasses (Poaceae spp.) and the seeds of cereal crops such as wheat, rye, oats and barley. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and frequent, and has been trapped in every month except December and January. It is locally common in unimproved grassland and most often recorded in coastal areas. The species was undoubtedly abundant on arable in the days before toxins were applied to every last square metre of crop, for example, the caterpillar was found in large numbers on Purbeck by beating haystacks. The national norm is of a bivoltine cycle, but in Dorset the picture is not nearly as clear-cut with a pattern reminiscent of immigrant species such as the Turnip2087 where populations increase through the year, being supplemented by immigration from Europe.