Birch Mocha - Cyclophora albipunctata


Wingspan 20 to 25 mm. A delicately mottled and speckled species, this moth sometimes shows a rosy flush, but other specimens may be fairly grey in appearance.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

In view of the scarcity of this species in VC55 any records should be supported by photographs.


It occurs in woodland areas especially where plenty of Birch is present.

When to see it

Flies in May and June, with a second generation in August in the south.

Life History

The larvae feed on Birch.

UK Status

Occurs locally over much of Britain, except for parts of northern England. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The first confirmed record for this species came from a Quorn garden on 11 Aug 2020.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Birch Mocha
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
11/08/2020 (Plummer, Anthony)
Last record:
11/08/2020 (Plummer, Anthony)

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