Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Mar-May, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Hazel, other broadleaved plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||4411||3||192||9212|
|Number of individuals||7862||9||240||16222|
For the region, we have a total of 9212 records from 540 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on a variety of deciduous tree and shrub species. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and frequent. It is common where blackthorn (Prunus spp.) and hawthorn (Crateagus spp.) grow, particularly on chalky soil. It is rare on open heathland. The second brood is twice the size of the first brood.