Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: May-Aug.
Foodplant: Ox-tongue and Colt's-foot.
|Year first recorded||1889||2002||1889|
|Year last recorded||2010||2007||2010|
|Number of records||196||6||404|
|Number of individuals||237||8||490|
For the region, we have a total of 404 records from 166 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1889.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widely distributed and locally common species in Britain, the larva feeding on the roots of ox-tongues (Picris spp.) and colt’s-foot (Tussilago farfara). In Dorset, this moth is encountered in three main biotypes. The first is along the coastal belt in undercliff and in unimproved grassland where bristly oxtongue (Picris echioides) and hawkweed oxtongue (Picris hieracioides) grow, respectively. The second is colt’s-foot rich habitat such as quarries, on verges and disturbed ground, and in unstable clay undercliff habitats. The third is ill-drained clay soil in the north-west of the county where bristly oxtongue grows, such as at Rooksmoor and in Hooke Park. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, but in Dorset, an overlapping bivoltine cycle is suspected, with moths being observed well into September. This is our largest Scoparia species.