Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widely distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-early Aug.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1885||1994||1885|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||235||56||582|
|Number of individuals||405||70||950|
For the region, we have a total of 582 records from 246 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in England and Wales, the larva is polyphagous on plants, shrubs and trees. In Dorset, the moth is widespread but most frequent from deciduous scrub habitat on chalky soils where elder (Sambucus nigra) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) are prevalent. It is least frequent on acid soils, although singletons have been noted from Oakers Wood, Morden Bog, Hartland Moor, Canford Heath and Arne Wood.