Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Grasses and sedges in sandy places.
|Year first recorded||1901||1901|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010|
|Number of records||62||124|
|Number of individuals||443||886|
For the region, we have a total of 124 records from 64 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1901.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to sandy and shingle coasts in eastern and southern England, and also colonising the Breck district, the larva feeding on grasses (Poaceae) and mosses (Musci spp.). In Dorset, the small moth is local and restricted to rocky coast and landslip between Portland in the west and Ballard Cliff in the east, where it is locally abundant. There are no records from the sandy coast habitat between Studland and Hengistbury Head. The following observation from Portland is noteworthy: larvae plentiful under debris along the old railway embankment (W Parkinson Curtis). Occasional examples appear inland at light traps, for example, Puddletown, on 23 June 2003 (H Wood Homer), Bere Stream, 5 July 2004 (P Davey, S Barrett).