Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident. Under-recorded?
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Oct-Jan, peak late Oct-early Nov.
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees, Oak, Birch, Elm etc.
|Year first recorded||1955||1983||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||646||79||1450|
|Number of individuals||6246||215||12922|
For the region, we have a total of 1450 records from 132 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in the British Isles, the larva feeding on a large range of deciduous trees and shrubs.
In Dorset, the moth is abundant in deciduous woodland containing birch (Betula spp.), elm (Ulmus spp.), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) or blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), and common amongst coastal blackthorn thickets, but less frequent elsewhere.
The moth is readily attracted to light and has been observed by the author, flying at a lighted window in sub-zero temperatures and snow falling.