Morley’s Final Catalogue: By no means uncommon among ragwort. At light in Ipswich during 1901 (Pyett); Bentley in 1934 (Whit.), Aldeburgh in 1892 (Ctw), Newbourn, and common on Sizewell denes in August 1932 (Mly); Southwold, Benacre, Lowestoft. Euston, Elveden and Brandon.
Recent Status: One of Suffolk’s commonest moth species.
Life Style: A double brooded species that comes to light. It can be found from April to September. The larvae feed on Senecio jacobaea. The first brood on the flowers and flower stalks the second on stem and rootstock where it hibernates fully fed. They pupate in a cocoon in the larval habitation.
Identification: An off white or cream coloured species with black and brown markings. This species has a blackish head, thorax and base of the costa. It is patterned with dark scales centrally and along the termen and at the apex with a specific pattern.
Recorded in 44 (76%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1892. Last Recorded in 2021. Additional Stats