Yorkshire Status: Abundant and widespread resident.
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.
Recorded in 169 (85%) of 200 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1847. Last Recorded in 2022. Additional Stats