Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Common Cottongrass.
|Year first recorded||1904||1883||1883||1883||1883|
|Year last recorded||2011||2013||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||9||17||70||159||21|
|Number of individuals||3||15||118||220||140|
For the county, we have a total of 276 records from 135 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Locally common on moorland and lowland heaths, straying occasionally well outside these limits.
2012 (CHF): This is a moth of wet acid uplands where cotton-grass grows. It is not uncommon here though little light trapping takes place in these areas so the moth is under-recorded. It can sometimes be seen in large numbers on flowerheads. There have been no records from our lowland heaths for several years. Occasionally it turns up in the lowlands far from suitable habitat for example Spurn in 2009 and North Ferriby in 2011. It is not obvious where these moths have come from or what the larvae fed upon.