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-Jul.
Foodplant: Crab Apple, Apple, Pear, Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Cherry.
|Year first recorded||1955||1987||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1991||89||4160|
|Number of individuals||3678||109||7574|
For the region, we have a total of 4160 records from 406 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, common in the south, less so further north, the larva feeding on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), apple (Malus spp.), pear (Pyrus communis) and wild cherry (Prunus avium). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and common, rising to abundant in blackthorn thickets. Elsewhere, the moth is frequent among orchards and in gardens where fruit trees grow. It is absent from core heathland.