Yorkshire Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed but now only locally common in all five vice-counties. This moth used to be generally abundant, especially in suburban areas. However, it has declined considerably, possibly as a result of the increased use of pesticides on garden and allotment plants. It is now more a species of hedgerows, but even here is less common than formerly.
2012 (CHF): Still fairly widespread in small numbers across the county but certainly not as common as it used to be and it has declined further since 1989. Waring describes it as most abundant on northern heather moorlands. This may be the case in the north-west of Scotland but not in Yorkshire where this is a lowland moth.
Recorded in 146 (73%) of 200 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1864. Last Recorded in 2022. Additional Stats