Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug
|Year first recorded||1883||1883||1883||1883||1883|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||3205||1277||4356||2613||314|
|Number of individuals||8156||2791||12241||8331||578|
For the county, we have a total of 11765 records from 607 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a species associated with buildings and stone walls, the larvae feeding on the lichens which favour this habitat. However records suggest it is locally common in rural areas where most lichens would be expected and most frequent or even abundant in many heavily industrialised urban areas. Because of this apparent anomaly Garland (1979) suggests there may be an alternative foodplant in Sheffield.
2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the whole county but particularly in urban areas. Much less common in open areas or woodland. Numbers and distribution are stable.