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, Aug-Oct.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants. Thistles, burdocks and Foxglove.
|Year first recorded||1883||1883||1883||1883||1976|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||1795||527||457||753||240|
|Number of individuals||2543||782||599||1445||415|
For the county, we have a total of 3772 records from 356 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded but rarely common in all five vice-counties. The larvae and pupae can often be found in stems of creeping thistle and ragwort. This is another species which is very common in the South of Britain, becoming scarcer towards the North.
2012 (CHF): Fairly common and widespread across the county. Numbers seem to have increased a little recently and it is doing better in the north than it appeared to be doing in 1989.