Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug, (Sep-Oct).
Foodplant: Gorse, Broom, Petty Whin.
|Year first recorded||1964||1983||1964|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||709||74||1566|
|Number of individuals||1349||145||2988|
For the region, we have a total of 1566 records from 262 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1964.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread and common species in Britain, although less common in northern Scotland, the larva feeding on gorse (Ulex spp.), petty whin (Genista anglica), dyer's greenweed (Genista tinctoria) and broom (Cytisus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common on heaths and downs where gorse abounds, and in unimproved grassland habitat where dyer's greenweed flourishes at Rooksmoor in the Blackmore Vale. Larvae have also been found on broom at Parley Common and along the Wimborne by-pass.