Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Aug-Sep.
|Year first recorded||1935||1982||1935|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||395||30||850|
|Number of individuals||1459||506||3930|
For the region, we have a total of 850 records from 106 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1935.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species throughout Britain, the larva feeding on heather (Calluna vulgaris), bell heather (Erica cinerea) and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix). In Dorset, the moth is restricted to heathland and open pine woods where its foodplants grow. The typical red form has not been found in the county, and all specimens refer to ab. neglecta. The following individuals were trapped well away from heathland suggesting occasional dispersal: Scar Bank, at light on 26 August 1949, at sugar on 27 August 1949 (A Russell), St Albans Head, at MV on 20 September 1992 (P Davey), Durlston, three at MV light on 17 September 1982 (Dr J Clarke), and on 2 September 1991 (P Davey).