Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Local
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Jun-Jul, Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||808||63||1742|
|Number of individuals||1486||69||3110|
For the region, we have a total of 1742 records from 248 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A double-brooded species restricted to southern and western coasts of Britain, the larva feeding on yarrow (Achillea millefolium), plantain (Plantago spp.), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), knotgrass (Polygonum spp.) and other herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is common in coastal unimproved grassland and on disturbed ground, particularly where yarrow grows. The species also colonises unimproved grassland on chalky soils inland in the south of the county, notably on the Purbeck Ridge and also around Dorchester. Thirty individuals from Trigon near Wareham over an eight-year period suggest colonisation of sandy soils; the species colonises sandy localities on the Continent too. The peak of the second brood is on average, twice as large as the first brood.