Black Rustic - Aporophyla nigra


Wingspan 40-46 mm. A rather long-winged species, with little variation from the blackish ground colour and whitish stigmata. The males have white hindwings, the females more dusky.

Identification difficulty

Heathland and downland.

When to see it

The adults fly in September and October.

Life History

The larvae feed on low plants such as Heather and Dock, as well as various grasses.

UK Status

In Britain the species is common in the south, with a scattered distribution northwards, mainly with a western bias, into Scotland, where it is widely scattered throughout. Mainly coastal in Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Now common in Leicestershire and Rutland, although it was previously classed as L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

73.233 BF2232

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map