Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Woody plants. Hazel, birches, Honeysuckle etc.
|Year first recorded||1955||1985||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||584||18||1204|
|Number of individuals||1290||74||2728|
For the region, we have a total of 1204 records from 196 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species in southern Britain, more local further north, feeding on various herbaceous plants before hibernation and the young foliage of shrubs and trees the following spring. In Dorset, the moth is frequent in deciduous woodland, rising to common in old oak/birch woods. The moth is rarely encountered well away from woodland habitat, however, these light trap records are from virtually tree-less habitat and suggest occasional dispersal: West Bexington, on 13 July 1996, 2 July 1998, 3 July, 4 July, 6 July 2006 (R Eden), Portland, on 30 June 1986, 2 July 1986 (MR), 1 July 2008 (M Cade), Durlston, 24 June 2006 (P Davey).