Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widely distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Mosses, dead or decaying leaves.
|Year first recorded||1933||1995||1933|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||293||106||798|
|Number of individuals||2658||414||6144|
For the region, we have a total of 798 records from 298 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1933.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in England and Wales, more local in Scotland, the larva feeding on decaying plant material, and probably on the roots of common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea). In Dorset, the moth is abundant on unimproved grassland on chalky soil, and is most frequently seen on under-grazed downland and set aside, often where common ragwort is absent. The only records of rearing suggest that leaf litter is at least one of the foodplants. However, despite searching over a number of years no larvae have been found recently. The form purbeckensis, where the regions on the forewings inside the antemedian fascia and outside the postmedian fascia are white, is only known in the UK from the area near Swanage. The brown markings and relatively white ground colour are diagnostic.