Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Oct.
Foodplant: Grasses and small herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||1929||1939||1847||1886||1940|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||9213||2500||2541||3214||647|
|Number of individuals||103661||10523||8108||18598||6662|
For the county, we have a total of 18115 records from 885 sites. First recorded in 1847.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and often common in all five vice-counties. This is a grassland species. The larvae feed in May on various grasses, especially cocksfoot (PQW).
2012 (CHF): One of our commonest moths in August and early September. Widespread across the county particularly in grassy areas, sometimes in large numbers eg 505 in grassland at Studley Roger on 8.8.2003. Numbers are stable. A very variable species with a lot of different forms.