Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.
|Year first recorded||1905||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||382||137||1038|
|Number of individuals||1794||301||4190|
For the region, we have a total of 1038 records from 192 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England, the larva feeding on hard-bladed grasses notably mat-grass (Nardus stricta), sheep's fescue (Festuca ovina) and annual meadow grass (Poa annua). In Dorset, the moth is at low density, but locally abundant on unimproved calcareous grassland and frequent on dry heaths. Given these preferred habitats, sheep's fecscue (Festuca ovina), fine-leaved sheep's fescue (Festuca filiformis) and tufted hair-grass are likely food sources.