Broom Moth - Ceramica pisi

    Alternative names
    Melanchra pisi

    Wingspan 32-37 mm. A very variable species, with the ground colour varying between greyish brown to a dark chestnut colour, and the intensity of the markings varying too.

    Identification difficulty

    Inhabiting open woodland and heathland.

    When to see it

    Late May to Early August when it can be attracted to light.

    Life History

    The distinctive brown and yellow striped caterpillar feeds not only on Broom (Cytisus scoparius), but also on Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) and other trees and plants.

    UK Status

    It is quite common in most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

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

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map