Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Mar-Apr.
Foodplant: Broadleaved trees. Oak, Birches, sallows etc.
|Year first recorded||1883||1883||1883||1883||1883|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2015||2015|
|Number of records||521||492||600||910||172|
|Number of individuals||977||1123||1785||4177||305|
For the county, we have a total of 2695 records from 423 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded widely but only locally common. Never as common as other moths of this group.
2012 (CHF): This is very much a woodland moth so less common in gardens than some of the other Orthosia species. Widespread across lowland areas of the county. Large numbers can occur in broadleaved woodland in spring eg 492 at Ellington Banks on 23.3.2011. Wing markings tend to vary and the twin spots are often faint or absent.