Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nationally Scarce B
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Common Salt-marsh Grass.
|Year first recorded||1896||1998||1896|
|Year last recorded||2002||2004||2004|
|Number of records||13||8||42|
|Number of individuals||7||7||28|
For the region, we have a total of 42 records from 30 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1896.
sorry, no pictures available for this species yet
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local saltmarsh species in eastern and south-eastern England, the larva feeding on common saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia maritima). In Dorset, the moth is rare. The few records suggest that the species is confined to saltern habitat on the landward side of the Fleet, around the inside of Poole Harbour and of Christchurch Harbour: Chesil Beach, larvae in the roots of common saltmarsh-grass (N Richardson), Portland, not uncommon (S Scarsdale Brown), Hartland Moor, two at MV (J Chainey), South Haven, (Captain C Diver), Patchins Point, at MV light on 29 July 2002 (C Manley), Poole on 18 July 1901 (W Parkinson Curtis), Hengistbury Head, at MV light on 16 July 2000 (M Jeffes). Agencies managing sites containing habitat supporting common saltmarsh-grass, for example Christchurch Harbour (Christchurch Borough Council) or Arne (RSPB) should include this species in their management plans.