Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two or three generations, Apr-Oct.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1948||2008||1970||1948|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||3481||1||227||7418|
|Number of individuals||4633||1||364||9996|
For the region, we have a total of 7418 records from 418 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1948.
Similar species: 1740 Epirrhoe galiata (Galium Carpet).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on members of the cabbage family (Brassicaceae spp.). In Dorset, the moth is most common in suburban localities and along the Purbeck coast and on Portland, where cabbage (Brassica oleracea) is grows on cliff tops and on ledges. Elsewhere it is noted in moderate numbers. The moth may be observed on the wing over a five-month period, and two brood cycles are likely. Variation has been noted in ab. immaculata, a form where the median fascia on the forewing is absent: Scar Bank, at light on 21 May 1948, and 7 September 1951 (A Russell), and ab. costovata, (see photo): Swanage, at MV light on 1 August 2004 (R Cox).