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, May-Jul.
Foodplant: Limes, elms, birches and Alder.
|Year first recorded||1960||1883||1940||1961||1966|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2015|
|Number of records||273||186||361||272||56|
|Number of individuals||246||197||343||301||59|
For the county, we have a total of 1148 records from 365 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species extended its range into the south of VC63 in the early 1950s. It was found breeding in Doncaster in 1950 by A.H. Wright and stated by G.E. Hyde to have been rare before 1955 but common in limes in the town centre from then on. Since 1975 Wright found it wherever he looked for it in the Doncaster area. The range extension has continued through the 1980s and it has now been found as far north as Ripon (VC64). It is mainly found in suburban areas where lime has been extensively planted but may also occur elsewhere on wild lime and elm and there are two records which suggest other wild food plants may also be chosen. (All Doncaster area information per PS).
2012 (CHF): This moth has continued to spread north into Northumberland on the east side of the country and south Cumbria on the west. It can now be found almost anywhere in the county and numbers appear stable. 81 records in 2011.