Barred Straw - Gandaritis pyraliata

Alternative names
Eulithis pyraliata

Wingspan 28-33 mm. This moth is easily identified due to its unique resting posture with the forewings held extended and covering the hindwings.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows, gardens, woodland rides, scrubby grassland.

When to see it

Mid June to Early August.

Life History

The larvae feed on various Bedstraws. overwinters as an egg, pupates among plant debris.

UK Status

It is fairly frequent and distributed over much of mainland Britain, but scarcer in the North of Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

70.093 BF1758

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map