Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak. Sessile Oak and Turkey Oak.
|Year first recorded||1905||1983||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||902||68||1940|
|Number of individuals||1573||90||3326|
For the region, we have a total of 1940 records from 318 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found in England and Wales, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp). In Dorset, the moth occurs wherever old oaks grow in parks, hedgerows, fields and woods. The moth tends to be absent from coastal localities due to the lack of deciduous oak trees, but it is common at Durlston where it probably feeds on the dominant tree there, evergreen oak (Quercus ilex), a species that is resistant to salt spray. The peak of the second brood is on average, three times larger than that of the first brood. The following moths suggest an occasional partial third brood: Arne Wood, at MV on 19 September 1977 (B Pickess), Gaunts Common, at MV on 21 September 1989, eleven between 14 September 1992 and 20 September 1992, 1 October 1994, 19 September 1998 (P Davey).