Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nb
Local Status: Very rare, no recent record.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug
Foodplant: Common Nettle, Dog's Mercury and Oxlip.
|Year first recorded||1947||1947|
|Year last recorded||1947||1947|
|Number of records||1||2|
|Number of individuals||1||2|
For the region, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1947.
sorry, no pictures available for this species yet
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A woodland species mainly restricted to southern Britain where it has undergone a dramatic decline in recent years, the larval foodplant is unknown but is assumed to be various herbaceous plants before hibernation and the young foliage of shrubs and trees the following spring. The moth is fond of nectaring on the flowers of burdock and ragwort. In Dorset, the moth has suffered a similar fate to that of the Triple-spotted Clay2127, and is probably long extinct. The few moths that were observed tended to be seen within or close to old deciduous woodland containing good stocks of mature birch, and the destruction of so much of this old woodland seems inevitably to have taken its toll. Localities worth searching include what is left of the mature birch in the Yellowham Wood - Thornecombe Wood complex, Stubhampton Bottom and Scrubbity Barrows. The species has not been seen in the county for nearly fifty years, and in the absence of recent records, no recommendations are proposed. The moth is similar to both Triple-spotted Clay2127 and Double Square-spot2128.