Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1929||1964||1926||1886||1969|
|Year last recorded||2015||2014||2014||2014||2015|
|Number of records||8910||2923||2796||5731||1084|
|Number of individuals||17884||6038||6120||18046||3150|
For the county, we have a total of 21444 records from 1113 sites. First recorded in 1886.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and sometimes common in all five vice-counties. Recorded from most types of habitat, although less frequent in moorland areas.
2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county in many different habitats. A small second brood in August/September became regular after 2000 and has grown in size to be half as big as the first brood. This has fuelled a rise in numbers of records in the last few years. This species has the reputation of entering the ears of moth trappers standing near the light. Do let us know if this has happened to you!