Broad-barred White - Hecatera bicolorata


Wingspan 28-35 mm. Broad dark grey or blackish central band on a whitish forewing which has a straight leading edge.

Identification difficulty

Its preferred habitats are down land, wasteland and suburban areas.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History

The larvae feed on the flowers and buds of such plants as Hawk's-beards and Hawkweeds.

UK Status

Found throughout England and Wales, though more commonly in the south and east, it has a scattered distribution elsewhere, being local in Scotland and Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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

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