Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: A variety of foodstuffs and decaying matter.
|Year first recorded||1993||1985||1970||1970||2001|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||1815||936||1085||905||446|
|Number of individuals||5565||21444||4191||5425||3306|
For the county, we have a total of 5187 records from 335 sites. First recorded in 1970.
Syn.: Blastobasis lignea
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded prior to 1970 but now evidently well established in the Leeds and Harrogate districts.
Beaumont, 2002: This moth has extended its range rapidly since 1989 and is now widespread in Yorkshire although presently there is no record from vice-county 65.
VC61. Cottingham, July 1994, frequent (PAC); Spurn, 25.7.1996, 10.8.1996, 11.8.1997 det. HEB, frequent thereafter (BRS); Holme-on-Spalding Moor, common 24.7.2000 (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC63. Roche Abbey, several 29.7.1994, 1.8.1997; West Melton, 3.8.1995 and subsequently; Hooton Cliff, 16.8.1996 (HEB); Mirfield, 6.8.1997 det. HEB (GMT); West Ardsley, August 1997 det. HEB (JM); Wintersett Country Park, 30.8.1998 det. HEB (PSm, PM et al.); Elland, abundantly 17.7-3.10.2000 (PT); Rossington, commonly (RIH). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
Argus 47, 2001-04: This moth has continued to spread within the county and is now recorded widely and often very commonly throughout all five vice-counties.
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 21.7.2001 commonly since; Nosterfield NR, 28.7.2001; High Batts NR, 17.8.2002; Magdalen Wood, 6.8.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.