Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Recorded all year, mainly May-Oct.
Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.
|Year first recorded||1929||1930||1846||1886||1960|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||9505||2586||2380||3185||1124|
|Number of individuals||20578||5097||3060||6829||3116|
For the county, we have a total of 18780 records from 895 sites. First recorded in 1846.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded and often common throughout all five vice-counties, although becoming scarcer northwards. Summer specimens produce an autumn brood which is usually swelled by immigration and, in such circumstances, the species is often very numerous.
2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the whole county. This is one of the very few species which is recorded in every month of the year. There was a significant drop in numbers in 2010 and 2011.