Morley’s Final Catalogue: Much most prevalent on the coast-sands with us Felixstow (Gbs), Aldeburgh and Southwold (Ctw. EMM. xxvii, 50), abundant at both Thorpe and Sizewell (Mly), Leiston (Hkr), Lowestoft (Bd) and rare on Gorleston palings (D). Also common on the Breck sands in 1885 (Farren, Ent. 1886, 108). Sometimes rarely inland: Bentley Woods in 1896 and Ipswich in 1901 (Pyett); a single female only at Monks Soham light, on 13 August.
Recent Status: A common species. The moth also arrives as an immigrant boosting coastal records in some years
Life Style: A single brooded summer flying species that comes to light. The newly hatched larvae hibernate. In spring they feed on the flowers and shoots of a variety of herbaceous plants.
Identification: Unlike other members of the Cnephasia this species is not grey. It is sexually dimorphic. The males are a uniform bright pale orange brown. The females are cream with an orange brown specific patterning of blotches.
Recorded in 40 (69%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1896. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats