Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: May-Jul.
|Year first recorded||2011||1859||1983||2008||1883|
|Year last recorded||2011||2014||2014||2010||1883|
|Number of records||2||18||16||2||1|
|Number of individuals||2||22||31||0||0|
For the county, we have a total of 39 records from 24 sites. First recorded in 1859.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Quite widespread but thinly distributed and seldom common, not recorded from VC61.
Argus 63, 2011: Although widespread within the county it is surprisingly infrequently recorded. Typically a moth of moorland edge with a growth of bilberry but also occurs away from that habitat on the lower ground.
VC61. Spurn NNR, 11.5.2011 (BRS); Skipwith Common, 4.6.2011 (JOHS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
2013 (CHF): Rather local in the county and commoner in heathy areas with bilberry but also occurring in more suburban areas where it feeds on other food plants. Along with other members of this genus, the larvae make circular cutouts in which they fall to the ground and continue feeding. All records are of adults.