Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Bilberry and Bearberry.
|Year first recorded||1883||1882||1883||2013|
|Year last recorded||2005||2003||1977||2013|
|Number of records||3||5||4||1|
|Number of individuals||1||4||5||1|
For the county, we have a total of 13 records from 10 sites. First recorded in 1882.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Often common in moorland localities where there is a good growth of bilberry and widely recorded in vice-counties 62 to 65. Unrecorded in VC61.
2013 (CHF) Although previously described as "often common", there have been very few recent records of this moth. The larvae spin the terminal shoots of bilberry loosely together and live within, eating the tips of the leaves and the adult is said to fly freely in the afternoon and evening on warm days. A search in suitable habitat might produce more records.