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, Sep-May.
Foodplant: Oaks, elms, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Birch and docks
|Year first recorded||1940||1939||1846||1940||1974|
|Year last recorded||2014||2015||2014||2015||2015|
|Number of records||1224||1323||1166||1736||563|
|Number of individuals||2123||3371||3151||4167||1024|
For the county, we have a total of 6012 records from 501 sites. First recorded in 1846.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread in woodlands in all five vice-counties and often quite common, especially in the south. Rather sporadic in other habitats.
2012 (CHF): A common species across all of the county. Commonest in woodland (eg 83 at Hackfall Woods on 23.3.12) but often coming into gardens. Take care not to confuse this moth with the less common Dark Chestnut. Moths in March/April are much more likely to be Chestnut.