Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Jul-Sep, (Sep-Nov).
Foodplant: Docks, Common Orache, Common Sorrel.
|Year first recorded||1905||2004||2008||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2004||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2876||1||1||128||6012|
|Number of individuals||4715||1||1||140||9714|
For the region, we have a total of 6012 records from 456 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern England, more local further north, the larva feeding on dock and sorrel (Rumex spp.), knotgrass (Polygonum spp.) and orache (Atriplex spp.). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and most common in damp situations, particularly river courses where clustered dock (Rumex conglomeratus) is frequent; it is least common on dry heathland. The flight time covers more than four months and two main overlapping broods are suggested by the records, with a small partial third brood from mid-September. The period between each theoretical brood peak is forty-five days.