Status and Distribution
Very local, occasionally locally common, in south-west England (including Lundy Island), the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands. Possibly expanding its range, with a single moth being found in Dorset in 2003.
Bradley & Fletcher no:
Maps updated with all data received by February 2016.
Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs
Waste ground, sandhills, hedge banks and low cliffs.
Finding the Moth
Larva: feeds within spun leaves and, later in its development, underneath folded leaves. It would be well worth searching for larvae where the plant occurs in coastal areas of south Devon and south Wales.
Adult: comes readily to light.
There are no similar species in the British Isles.
Double brooded from mid-May to early July and September to mid-October.
Earliest: 18th May 1957 (VC1)
Latest: 20th October 1964 (VC113)