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, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Heather and Bell Heather.
|Year first recorded||1940||1953||1926||1886||1880|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||149||660||448||1308||189|
|Number of individuals||173||3615||1010||5060||830|
For the county, we have a total of 2754 records from 601 sites. First recorded in 1880.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded frequently from all five vice-counties wherever heather is found and quite often well away from suitable areas. The statement given by Goater (MBGBI 9) about even small patches of the foodplant in gardens supporting colonies has been found to be true in at least one part of the County and other suburban records support this.
2012 (CHF): The comments in 1989 are still true today. Commonest in the heathery uplands and on lowland heaths, but quite often coming to gardens. Uncommon in much of VC61. Numbers are stable.