Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.
|Year first recorded||1936||1982||1936|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||506||72||1156|
|Number of individuals||3172||176||6696|
For the region, we have a total of 1156 records from 156 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1936.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A heathland and moorland specialist occurring in suitable habitat throughout Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on the young shoots of heather (Calluna vulgaris). In Dorset, the moth is locally common and in some years abundant, notably 1976, 1990 and 1991, on dry, sandy heaths that support good stocks of the foodplant. Dispersal from core heathland habitat, from south-eastern counties or even mainland northern Europe would appear to account for many records from non-heathland localities, as their occurrence seems to coincide with east to north-easterly airflows.