Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1929||1953||1883||1883||1880|
|Year last recorded||2015||2014||2014||2014||2015|
|Number of records||3873||759||43||338||314|
|Number of individuals||7145||1206||27||1559||613|
For the county, we have a total of 5327 records from 310 sites. First recorded in 1880.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Local but often common in suitable habitats. It can be flushed from chalk grassland during the day and flies commonly in woodland rides at dusk (PQW pers. comm.). It also comes readily to light (AMR pers. comm.).
2012 (CHF): Widespread in good numbers but commonest in the centre and east of the county.