Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation. Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Gorse, Petty Whin, Dyer's Greenwood.
|Year first recorded||1931||1988||1931|
|Year last recorded||2011||2005||2011|
|Number of records||194||5||398|
|Number of individuals||430||8||876|
For the region, we have a total of 398 records from 138 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1931.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout Britain, the larva feeds on gorse (Ulex europaeus) and petty whin (Genista anglica). In Dorset, the moth occurs wherever gorse is abundant, particularly on heathland, but also on gorse-clad chalk downland. The record below refers to a strong colony of July Belle on an unimproved neutral grassland site where there is no gorse. However, dyer's greenweed (Genista tinctoria) is well established there: Rooksmoor, fourteen disturbed by day on 4 June 1997, three by day on 5 June 2003 (P Davey).