Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: May-Jun, Aug-Oct.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plant roots. Turnip, Carrot, Beet etc.
|Year first recorded||1875||1953||1940||1886||1975|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||2464||530||498||833||330|
|Number of individuals||2487||613||564||1804||462|
For the county, we have a total of 4655 records from 396 sites. First recorded in 1875.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and frequent throughout vice-counties 61 to 64, but sparse in VC65. This moth is most common in or near lowland agricultural areas as would be expected of a potential crop pest. Our records do not suggest that it occurs in pest proportions in Yorkshire.
2012 (CHF): Widespread and common in lowland Yorkshire. Populations have recovered following a crash in 2008/9. Numbers, particularly of the second generation, may be reinforced by immigration. This was particularly noticeable in the migrant autumn of 2006.