Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jan-Feb.
Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn.
|Year first recorded||1904||1883||1883||1883||1883|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2015||2015|
|Number of records||485||248||74||464||155|
|Number of individuals||459||446||75||2114||219|
For the county, we have a total of 1426 records from 224 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are thinly scattered records from all five vice-counties but the lack of records is probably due to the flight period of this moth being in January and February when few traps are run regularly. However, the larvae may often be found on hawthorn and blackthorn hedges in April and May.
2012 (CHF): Common across all five vice-counties, probably more than the records suggest as few people trap so early in the year. No apparent changes in numbers or range.