Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants. Nettle, docks, burdocks etc.
|Year first recorded||1928||1930||1906||1886||1940|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||4013||818||219||584||354|
|Number of individuals||22031||1218||277||2899||600|
For the county, we have a total of 5988 records from 481 sites. First recorded in 1886.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Records are scattered over all five vice-counties and it is often reported as frequent to common where it does occur. However it does seem less common than formerly in some areas and being so conspicuous, it is strange that it should not be recorded more evenly if it is as common as was often said.
2012 (CHF): This moth is still widely recorded across the county but not in the numbers of twenty years ago. We still receive over 200 records per year. In July 2003, unprecedented numbers occurred at Spurn with 1683 attracted to light on 18.7.2003.