Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-May, Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees. Hazel, birches etc.
|Year first recorded||1955||2007||1985||1955|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2009||2011|
|Number of records||847||1||48||1792|
|Number of individuals||1740||4||53||3594|
For the region, we have a total of 1792 records from 280 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.
Similar species: 1918 1918 Selenia lunularia (Lunar Thorn).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species in southern Britain, more local elsewhere, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.), ash (Fraxinus spp.), alder (Alnus spp.), birch (Betula spp.), and a variety of other deciduous tree species. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and at low density, being most frequently encountered in deciduous woods but rare in open, treeless habitat. The peak of the second brood is on average, four times larger than that of the first brood.