Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and local resident, mainly coastal.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Common and Spiny Restharrow.
|Year first recorded||1905||1998||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2004||2011|
|Number of records||277||4||562|
|Number of individuals||609||4||1226|
For the region, we have a total of 562 records from 136 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found mainly in south-east Britain, more coastal elsewhere but largely absent from Scotland, the larva feeding on restharrow (Ononis spp.). In Dorset, the moth is at low density along the coastal belt. The records listed below refer to occasional singletons that turn up inland. These may either be wanderers from the coast or originate from colonies on what remains of unimproved grassland on chalky or clay soils inland where common restharrow (Ononis repens) is still found. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, but the moth has occasionally been noted as early as the first week of May and as late as the last week of August in Dorset. This suggests a bivoltine cycle in favourable years, as happens on the Continent.