Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Rare and very local resident/wanderer.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug, (Sep).
Foodplant: Delphiniums and Larkspur.
|Year first recorded||1905||1987||1905|
|Year last recorded||2006||1998||2006|
|Number of records||52||8||120|
|Number of individuals||65||8||146|
For the region, we have a total of 120 records from 40 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, first recorded in 1890 in Kent, the larva feeding on garden Delphinium and monk's-hood (Aconitum Spp.). The first Dorset records were one taken at light at Tarrant Rushton in 1893, another on 18 June in the same year at Mudeford. The moth is very thinly spread in the county, with most records from gardens stocked with Delphinium. "The moth can be a garden nuisance by eating the tips of the shoots whence flowerbuds spring." (W Parkinson Curtis). The following examples are suspected immigrants, and indeed the one in 1947 may have been from a continental second-brood: West Bexington, on 3 July 2006 (R Eden), Scar Bank, at light on 18 September 1947 (A Russell), Swanage, at MV on 26 June 2003 (R Cox).