Yorkshire Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and sometimes common. Recorded from all five vice-counties where there is rough grassland. The larvae can be found at night in spring feeding on cock's-foot and tor grass as well as other grass species (PQW pers. comm.).
2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county in grassy places in good numbers and often coming into gardens. No recent changes in distribution or numbers.
Recorded in 164 (82%) of 200 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1879. Last Recorded in 2022. Additional Stats