Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||6842||1||289||14264|
|Number of individuals||28241||1||1247||58978|
For the region, we have a total of 14264 records from 660 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on a variety of plants, shrubs and trees. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common. The first brood is on the wing between late-May and early-August, in a rather protracted emergence period. A partial second brood has been noted in most autumns over the past quarter century. The national norm is for a single brood only between mid-May and mid-July. Extreme examples of variation tend not been noted in the county, however, an example where the usual buff ground colour was replaced by a strong cadmium tint was trapped at Scar Bank by A Russell.