Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Woody plants. Hazel, birches, Honeysuckle etc.
|Year first recorded||1883||1883||1883||1883||1985|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2013||2013|
|Number of records||102||217||166||168||6|
|Number of individuals||114||213||123||205||7|
For the county, we have a total of 659 records from 262 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Rather sparsely reported from vice-counties 61 to 64. The records suggest a regular but not common woodland species but it may well be under-recorded due to the present-day emphasis on light trapping rather than sugaring or larvae collecting. The larvae are reported to be often quite common on birch in spring (PQW pers. comm.).
2012 (CHF): Like a lot of moths of broadleaved woodland this species is uncommon in the north west and south east of the county due to lack of suitable habitat. Numbers have increased a little in recent years and it has colonised some new areas.