Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Wild and Garden Privet, Ash, Lilac and Guelder-rose.
|Year first recorded||1888||1984||1888|
|Year last recorded||2011||2006||2011|
|Number of records||1784||31||3630|
|Number of individuals||3247||42||6578|
For the region, we have a total of 3630 records from 352 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1888.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found in southern England and Wales, the larva feeding on wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare), holly (Ilex aquifolium), ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and lilac (Syringa vulgaris). In Dorset, the moth is commonest in chalky districts where wild privet and ash occur together and rarest where these two plants are absent, for example on heathland. Frequent trapping in holly-rich habitat, such as Holt Wood, has failed to produce the moth, although Reverend E Bankes found the larva feeding on a holly tree in his garden at Corfe Castle in 1888.