Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Common Bird's-foot-trefoil.
|Year first recorded||1916||1995||1916|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||331||11||684|
|Number of individuals||12140||131||24542|
For the region, we have a total of 684 records from 292 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1916.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species with a wide distribution across the British Isles, the larva feeding on common bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). In Dorset, the moth can be found in most situations where the plant grows. It is locally abundant on dry unimproved grassland, verges, embankments and undercliffs, where it may often be seen sitting on hardhead (Centaurea nigra) and field scabious (Knautia arvensis) flower-heads. Elsewhere, it is decidedly local and colonies are usually small and discrete. Adults seem to emerge over a protracted period and may be seen on the wing at any time between the end of May and the middle of August.