Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nb
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: July-early Sep.
Foodplant: Sorrells, primula, nettles.
|Year first recorded||1883||1845||1982||1883|
|Year last recorded||2013||1974||2014||2014|
|Number of records||12||3||399||291|
|Number of individuals||6||0||1412||671|
For the county, we have a total of 705 records from 78 sites. First recorded in 1845.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species has extended its range southwards since the last list (YNU, 1970). Taken in north VC62 in 1967, it was later found to be well established in VC65 and has now spread to the north of VC64 as well.
2012 (CHF): The comments in 1989 now seem quite out of place. There have been no records from any of its former VC62 sites since 1995 and it appears to be moving north rather than south, probably as a result of climatic change. It is still not uncommon in a localised area of north VC64 and south VC65 in a variety of habitats, often coming into gardens, but even in this core area the numbers are not quite as great as ten years ago. This is the only area in England that you are likely to find this moth with any regularity. There are no recent records in Northumberland or Durham and the main populations are in parts of eastern Scotland.