Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||2008||2007||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2431||1||1||139||5144|
|Number of individuals||6543||1||3||386||13866|
For the region, we have a total of 5144 records from 522 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on a various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and frequent to common, but occasionally abundant, especially on unimproved calcareous grassland sites both inland and on the coast. The peak of the second brood at the end of July is, on average, forty times greater than the peak of the first brood in early May. A second double brood cycle is suggested by the county data, with peaks at the end of May and the beginning of September.