Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug
Foodplant: Hazel, sallows, willows others.
|Year first recorded||1805||1953||1904||1886||1880|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||1401||1256||686||2156||460|
|Number of individuals||2650||3695||1177||6307||1514|
For the county, we have a total of 5959 records from 827 sites. First recorded in 1805.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed in woodlands and heathy places throughout all five vice-counties. In the uplands, such as the North York Moors, the smaller race is plentiful and P.Q. Winter reports finding larvae abundant on heather and stunted rowan. The larger form, feeding on a number of plants including sallow, is generally distributed over the rest of the County.
2012 (CHF): Numbers remain healthy and this is a common and widespread moth over all of the county especially in woodland areas. Many beautiful forms occur with greenish moths most common in the lowlands and smaller greyish or reddish forms in the uplands.