Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug, (Sep-Oct).
Foodplant: Gorse, Broom, Petty Whin
|Year first recorded||1929||1883||1883||1940||1883|
|Year last recorded||2013||2011||2013||2013||2013|
|Number of records||50||42||49||54||8|
|Number of individuals||25||35||20||55||10|
For the county, we have a total of 203 records from 118 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There have been several more reports of this species since the last list (YNU, 1970). Whether these were spurred by the comment 'there are surprisingly few records', or whether there has been a genuine increase, is difficult to ascertain. However it probably occurs wherever gorse or broom is established and the moth has probably been overlooked in the past (SMJ pers. comm.).
2012 (CHF): There appears to have been a decline in recent years. Most of the latest records have been from coastal areas.