Davey, P., 2009: Widespread in England, but local in southern Scotland, the poyphagous larva feeding on the flowers of many plants including dog-rose (Rosa canina), hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), bramble (Rubus fruticosus), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), ragwort (Senecio spp.), and goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and most common on unimproved grassland on chalky soils where dog-rose abounds. It is largely absent from open heathland. The peak of the second brood is on average, almost twice as large as that of the first.