Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
Foodplant: Wood Sage.
|Year first recorded||1888||1888|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011|
|Number of records||92||184|
|Number of individuals||331||662|
For the region, we have a total of 184 records from 120 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1888.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring widely across southern Britain, but more local further north, the larva feeding on wood sage (Teucrium scorodonia), dead nettle (Lamium spp.), woundwort (Stachys spp.) and yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon). In Dorset, this striking day-flying moth is common very locally, its distribution coinciding with wood sage, a plant that grows along woodland rides and within unimproved grassland on sandy soil and chalky soil. Colonies of the moth also flourish along coastal cliffs where wood sage tolerates salt spray. There are several instances of the moth flying at night when it has been attracted to light traps.