Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: May-Jul.
Foodplant: Variou mosses.
|Year first recorded||1933||1995||1933|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||623||188||1622|
|Number of individuals||2403||481||5768|
For the region, we have a total of 1622 records from 460 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1933.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species throughout Britain, the larval foodplant is unknown. In Dorset, the moth is common to abundant in woodland and in plantations. The moth also appears to colonise damp heathland and mire habitat, and is particularly common in situations where Sphagnum grows along the furrows between the serried ranks of plantation conifers. The national norm is for a single brood in May and June, but in Dorset, many moths also appear during July. Given the lack of sufficient nutrient in mosses to sustain two generations a year, the moth is probably single brooded with an extended emergence period. The following very late date is noteworthy and coincided with migrant-bearing southerly airflow from the continent: Puddletown, at MV light on 29 October 2001 (H Wood Homer).