Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Mar-May.
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees. Birches, sallows, oaks, Hazel.
|Year first recorded||1929||1939||1926||1940||1976|
|Year last recorded||2015||2014||2015||2015||2015|
|Number of records||5253||2416||2632||4277||980|
|Number of individuals||23202||12375||17593||39056||9676|
For the county, we have a total of 15558 records from 694 sites. First recorded in 1926.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Frequent to common throughout all five vice-counties and a major feature of the spring insect fauna. The larvae feed on a wide variety of trees including hawthorn, ash and oak (PQW pers. comm.).
VC63. Elland, 3.12.2000 (Talbot, 2001). An exceptionally early occurrence of a moth that usually flies February to early May.
2012 (CHF): Widespread and common across all of the county and often appearing in huge numbers eg 916 on 9.4.2010 at Ellington Banks. There were more December records in 2004 and 2011.