Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Jun-Aug and Oct-Nov
Foodplant: Wide variety of vegetation, stored products and leaf litter.
|Year first recorded||1991||1985||1979||1991||2001|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||1218||615||379||248||204|
|Number of individuals||1868||1453||718||412||341|
For the county, we have a total of 2664 records from 247 sites. First recorded in 1979.
Originally not a British species, this moth was accidentally introduced and appears to be established and expanding its range.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A moth which has extended its range in Britain considerably in recent years, first recorded in Yorkshire in 1979.
VC63. Tinsley Park, 22.6.1979; Aldwarke, Rotherham, recorded in small numbers annually 1979 to 1986 det. HEB (JDB). [NEW COUNTY RECORD]
Beaumont, 2002: This species has also become much more frequent and widespread 1989 but there is as yet no record from vice-counties 64 or 65.
VC61. Cottingham, first recorded in 1991 det. HEB and then annually in increasing numbers (PAC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
Argus 47, 2001-04: Like B. lignea this moth has also spread across the county and it is recorded widely in all five vice-counties but usually in small numbers.
VC64. Ripon Parks, 14.6.2002 (CHF, JCW, SPW); Sharow, 19.5.2002, since frequent (JCW); Cawood, 2003 det. HEB (JP); Ellington Banks , 9.7.2003 (CHF, JCW, SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 23.6.2001, commonly since (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.