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, Jul-Aug.
Forewing: M 21-25mm. F 28-35mm.
Foodplant: Coarse grasses and reeds.
|Year first recorded||1904||1807||1907||1886||1976|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2015||2015||2014|
|Number of records||3846||698||354||527||172|
|Number of individuals||11352||1090||781||1481||252|
For the county, we have a total of 5597 records from 563 sites. First recorded in 1807.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Well distributed and often frequent on lower areas and recorded sparingly from rough, wet grassy places on higher ground, where the cocoons maybe found on grass stems. There has recently been some shift in range since it has only been recorded in the Harrogate district since 1970 and is now locally common at two sites (H&DNSR Rep. 1970-87). It has also become common at certain sites in the Wolds since 1980 (PQW). Recorded from all five vice-counties.
2012 (CHF): Still fairly common in damp grassy areas and widespread across lowland areas of the county. Numbers are stable. The relief map shows quite dramatically how this is a moth of the lowlands.