Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Recorded all year, mainly May-Oct.
Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1973||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||5792||1||334||12254|
|Number of individuals||16419||1||1143||35126|
For the region, we have a total of 12254 records from 568 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding on a wide variety of deciduous trees, shrubs and plants. In Dorset, this unmistakable moth has been observed in every month of the year, and is ubiquitous and common to abundant. The moth is evidently double-brooded in the county, but influxes of immigrants originating from abroad where the moth is polyvoltine, tend to mask the indigenous brood cycles. Annual light trap totals vary due to the magnitude of immigration in any given year, and highest nightly counts tend to be from coastal localities between mid-September and mid-October as immigrants swell resident populations.