Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
Foodplant: Hawkweeds, hawk's-beards, sow thistles, others.
|Year first recorded||1883||1964||1904||1950||1977|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2013||2014|
|Number of records||151||52||96||61||12|
|Number of individuals||120||50||91||48||13|
For the county, we have a total of 372 records from 166 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: More widely recorded in the last few years but still rather local. In vice-counties 61 and 62 it seems to favour relatively undisturbed sites on sand or chalk (PQW pers. comm.).
Beaumont, 2002: This moth has been reported less frequently in recent years.
2012 (CHF): Widely scattered records from chalky lowland areas. A small second generation in August has become more regular in the last ten years. Only ever reported in small numbers, in fact 94% of our records are of single moths. Numbers are small but stable and may be slightly increasing.