Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Nov.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants and grasses.
|Year first recorded||1926||1930||1846||1886||1940|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||21938||7658||9459||12215||2127|
|Number of individuals||385812||149883||113814||287120||69039|
For the county, we have a total of 53397 records from 1596 sites. First recorded in 1846.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Undoubtedly the most numerous and widespread species in the list so far!' (PQW). This is one of the commonest moths in August, often abundant throughout all five vice-counties and often a nuisance in light traps. For example, on 16.8.1987, 1,852 moths of this species were trapped at MV light in one evening! (BRS) and W. Reid estimated a catch exceeding 3,500 individuals on several unusually productive nights in Sheffield in 1955 (Reid, 1955). This species exhibits a very wide range of colour forms but dark varieties are not particularly common.
2012 (CHF): Still the commonest species, widespread across the county in big numbers. Numbers in the autumn may be swollen by migration.