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: Blackthorn, Hawthorns, Privet, Red and Black Currant.
|Year first recorded||1928||1930||1864||1886||1947|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||1256||900||453||803||151|
|Number of individuals||1738||1595||611||1145||173|
For the county, we have a total of 3563 records from 520 sites. First recorded in 1864.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed but now only locally common in all five vice-counties. This moth used to be generally abundant, especially in suburban areas. However, it has declined considerably, possibly as a result of the increased use of pesticides on garden and allotment plants. It is now more a species of hedgerows, but even here is less common than formerly.
2012 (CHF): Still fairly widespread in small numbers across the county but certainly not as common as it used to be and it has declined further since 1989. Waring describes it as most abundant on northern heather moorlands. This may be the case in the north-west of Scotland but not in Yorkshire where this is a lowland moth.