Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1933||1989||1933|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1344||22||2732|
|Number of individuals||3255||22||6554|
For the region, we have a total of 2732 records from 414 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1933.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on bedstraw (Galium spp.) and other herbaceous low-growing plants. In Dorset, the moth is common very locally in weedy ditches, deciduous coverts, hedgerows and rough bushy places. It is rare on open downland and along the coast, and absent from open heathland and pine woods. The national norm is for a single brood between late May and mid-July. In Dorset, however, the first brood is on the wing between early May, exceptionally late April, and the end of June; a partial second brood has been noted in five of the past ten years well into July. The following daytime records refer to ab. limbaria, a form where much of the median fascia is obsolete apart from a few small blotches: Badbury Rings, on 4 June 1938 (see photo) and Kingston, on 7 June 1933 (A Russell).