Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Rare and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Bilberry, Heather.
|Year first recorded||1883||1883||1883||1880|
|Year last recorded||2014||2010||2014||2010|
|Number of records||64||17||56||4|
|Number of individuals||124||12||146||13|
For the county, we have a total of 141 records from 93 sites. First recorded in 1880.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The distribution of this moth has changed very little in the past twenty years and the comment made in the 1970 list (YNU, 1970), 'Although there are plenty of suitable locations for this very local insect, it has only been found in a few of them' is still true. It should be searched for on moors and mosses where bilberry occurs, the adults being easily disturbed during the day (Skinner, 1984).
2012 (CHF): The comments in Sutton and Beaumont are still true today though we have received an increase in records in the last few years, mostly of moths disturbed in the daytime.