Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Mar-May.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants, bushes and trees.
|Year first recorded||1806||1930||1883||1883||1969|
|Year last recorded||2012||2012||2012||2012||2012|
|Number of records||7901||3536||3128||5952||1365|
|Number of individuals||47508||19155||10245||42753||9342|
For the county, we have a total of 21882 records from 729 sites. First recorded in 1806.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Very common throughout all five vice-counties. It is the most common of this group of moths and recorded from every type of habitat.
2012 (CHF): Extremely common and recorded in large numbers all across the county in a variety of habitats in the spring. Sometimes less common in woodland than some of its relatives. This moth has a longer flight period than the other Orthosia species and can occasionally appear before the year end. This was most noticeable in 2011 with a remarkable series of records from Hutton Conyers and Sharow from 13th October onwards.