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-Sep.
Forewing: M 12-18mm F 15-26mm.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1929||1883||1847||1883||1883|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||1758||487||501||1095||130|
|Number of individuals||3032||627||671||1974||295|
For the county, we have a total of 3971 records from 539 sites. First recorded in 1847.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed but seldom common, small numbers are recorded most years in well-worked localities. The larvae feed on the roots of a large variety of herbaceous plants so it is found in a wide range of habitats, reputedly being an occasional pest on lettuces (AMRH, pers. comm.).
2012 (CHF): Doing well in the county in all areas. Record numbers in 2011.