Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Feb-Apr.
Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.
|Year first recorded||1929||1964||1926||1940||1969|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2015||2015|
|Number of records||2322||700||137||945||220|
|Number of individuals||4096||1173||290||2527||355|
For the county, we have a total of 4324 records from 364 sites. First recorded in 1926.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties. This is a species which is most common in the South of Britain, slowly declining in frequency as one moves north. It is therefore quite surprising that it is often common in moorland areas in Yorkshire. For instance, it is the commonest spring moth at 200m on Burn Moor (VC64) in the far west of the County (SLS pers. comm.) and it is reported to be at its most frequent in the east of Yorkshire in woodland and open scrub onto the higher moors of VC62 (PQW pers. comm.).
2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county and commonest in upland areas.