Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Forewing: M 21-29mm. F 21-35mm.
Foodplant: Grasses, Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1929||1930||1846||1886||1969|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||1233||451||761||811||188|
|Number of individuals||1262||456||6964||1533||263|
For the county, we have a total of 3444 records from 658 sites. First recorded in 1846.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Generally frequent or common throughout the lower land in all five vice-counties, although now less common in the central agricultural areas since ploughing of pastures, and meadows became widespread. It is often taken at light but is frequently seen at dusk flying over grassy places, sometimes in very urban areas such as inner Leeds.
2012 (CHF): Remains common over most of the county, both upland and lowland areas. Large numbers can be seen sometimes at dusk for example counts of over 400 at Northowram in 2010.