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

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