Blood-vein - Timandra comae

Alternative names
Blood Vein

The adult rests with the wings held in such a position that the reddish cross-lines of the fore and hind wings form a continuous band. The fringes are also suffused with pink. There is a rare melanic form f.nigra.

Identification difficulty

Marshes, river-banks, damp meadows and gardens.

When to see it

It has two generations, from May to July and in August and September.

Life History

The larvae feed on low-growing plants such as Dock.

UK Status

This attractive moth is fairly common in the southern counties of England and Wales but scarcer further north and in Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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

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