Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug, (Sep-Oct).
Foodplant: Garden Privet, Honeysuckle.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1716||70||3572|
|Number of individuals||2431||75||5012|
For the region, we have a total of 3572 records from 338 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring widely in southern England but more local further north, the larva feeding on traveller's-joy (Clematis vitalba), wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare) and honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) and to a lesser extent on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is common on dry unimproved chalky grassland such as the Purbeck Ridge and certain coastal localities such as Portland. It is least frequent in damp situations, river courses and on open heathland. A partial second brood is evident from the data. This evident bivoltine tendency is not noted to occur nationally although such a cycle is established in northern and central Europe.