Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation Apr-May.
Foodplant: Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws.
|Year first recorded||1929||1883||1847||1883||1883|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2015||2014|
|Number of records||597||431||186||636||62|
|Number of individuals||757||773||263||1481||74|
For the county, we have a total of 1912 records from 416 sites. First recorded in 1847.
Similar species: Devon Carpet.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Appears to have become more frequent around 1978 and is now quite widespread in all five vice-counties. It may often be seen at dusk but is relatively infrequent at MV light, although most records are from this source.
2012 (CHF): Numbers increased in 2012 after a reduction in the previous few years. Two examples of the beautiful black and white form (ab. porrittii) were netted in the south of VC63 in 2011.