Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Oct.
Foodplant: Various trees
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||7999||2||497||16996|
|Number of individuals||20836||13||997||43692|
For the region, we have a total of 16996 records from 736 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, apart from in the north of Scotland where it is local, the larva feeding on a wide variety of evergreen and deciduous tree and shrub species. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and usually common, sometimes abundant, and least common on open heathland. The caterpillar will eat almost any plant species. The national norm is for a single brood between late June and August with an occasional second brood in September. In Dorset, the prolonged flight period between late May and late October probably comprises two brood cycles; a single brood in mid summer and a double brood with peaks in mid-June and mid-September.