Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
Foodplant: Woody plants
|Year first recorded||1929||1930||1904||1886||1969|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2015||2015|
|Number of records||908||966||1454||1885||118|
|Number of individuals||960||1612||2523||3607||154|
For the county, we have a total of 5331 records from 630 sites. First recorded in 1886.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Often common in wooded areas and the larvae are sometimes conspicuous in privet hedges in city areas (SLS pers. comm.). Most widely recorded from vice-counties 62-64 but also less commonly in VC61 and VC65. Melanic specimens (ab. nigra (Prout) are frequent, but the proportion of these has decreased noticeably in the south of VC63 in recent years.
2012 (CHF): Doing well in the county and is common and widespread.