Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
Forewing: M 22-26mm. F 26-34mm.
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees. Birches, sallows, oaks, Hazel.
|Year first recorded||1955||2007||1983||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||3494||1||228||7446|
|Number of individuals||8211||1||707||17838|
For the region, we have a total of 7446 records from 580 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on various deciduous trees and shrubs. The moth uses its 'wood-chipping' markings, colouration and shape to good effect to camouflage itself from potential prey. In Dorset, the moth is common apart from on Portland where it is rare. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, but with adults on the wing over a protracted period between early May and late August, an overlapping bivoltine cycle is suspected in Dorset with the peak of the first generation at the end of May and the second generation peak in mid-July. The following individual was trapped at a very late date: Gaunts Common, at MV light on 17 October 1995 (P Davey).