Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Holly, Ivy, Privet, Dogwood and Hawthorn.
|Year first recorded||1929||1883||1976||1891||1883|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||233||67||143||173||50|
|Number of individuals||245||72||163||185||51|
For the county, we have a total of 666 records from 200 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There have been a few scattered records of this species since 1978, the first since the late 1920s. Its foodplants are found over much of the County so why it should have been absent or unrecorded for so long is unclear.
Beaumont, 2002: There has been a marked increase in records of this moth and it is now recorded widely and sometimes fairly commonly across the County.
Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, four 29.4-21.5.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
2012 (CHF): Records have continue to increase and this is now not an uncommon moth with records spread widely across all five vice-counties in two broods - the second being larger. The green markings fade quite quickly to yellow.