Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1928||2003||1928|
|Year last recorded||2011||2003||2011|
|Number of records||84||1||170|
|Number of individuals||1400||1||2802|
For the region, we have a total of 170 records from 66 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1928.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain and now rare in south-east England, the larva feeding on a wide range of herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth has declined and is now confined to unimproved chalk downland sites where it is at low density; it has also been seen occasionally in an open woodland setting at Stubhampton Bottom. The moth although always local, was once more widespread and in favourable sites occurred abundantly: Badbury Rings, commonly (S Scarsdale Brown, W Parkinson Curtis), many in flight at 6pm on 11 June 1938 (H Andrewes). However, ploughing, intensive grazing, and general 'improvement' of chalk downland since the middle of the last century has undoubtedly caused the species to become scarce across the county. The once flourishing colonies on Hod Hill, Hambledon Hill, Badbury Rings and Buzbury Camp have long since vanished. The Wood Tiger is a key indicator species, and should be included in management plans to assist in measuring the health of unimproved chalk downland habitat.