Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: May-early Aug.
Foodplant: Bell Heather, Cross-leaved Heath, Heather,
|Year first recorded||1883||1883||1883||1883||1880|
|Year last recorded||1985||2012||2014||2013||2014|
|Number of records||7||33||30||48||16|
|Number of individuals||0||30||21||45||26|
For the county, we have a total of 134 records from 93 sites. First recorded in 1880.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Still occasionally reported from heath and moorland areas but several recent records have come from sites where areas of suitable habitat are less extensive. This moth may have been the first to have been recorded in Yorkshire:- in the Aurelian (1766) Moses Harris records this species and figures it from specimes taken from the Halifax moors sent to him by the early mycologist J. Bolton. Harris knew of no other site for the species in Britain at the time (per PS).
2012 (CHF): This species is rather local but is still reported quite frequently from heathery upland areas but no longer from our lowland heaths. It seems to have been lost from some areas to the south and east of its range and is one of the many upland species which may not be enjoying recent climatic change.