Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Common and Spiny Restharrow.
|Year first recorded||1875||1883||1989||1959||1883|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2013||2014||2005|
|Number of records||646||57||13||12||4|
|Number of individuals||926||74||15||9||3|
For the county, we have a total of 732 records from 88 sites. First recorded in 1875.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There have been a few more records of this species in recent years. However, it is still most frequent on the coast and very sporadic inland. It probably occurs wherever there is an adequate supply of restharrow, which tends to only grow in coastal areas and on calcareous soils.
2012 (CHF): This is mainly a coastal moth in Yorkshire with the main colonies at Spurn, Teesside and Flamborough though it occasionally turns up at scattered inland sites. There was a crash in numbers in 2008 with only four records in the county that year but the situation improved in 2011 with 41 records.