Broom Moth - Ceramica pisi

Alternative names
Melanchra pisi
Description

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
Habitat

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. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

Reference
73.271 BF2163

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Species profile

Common names
Broom Moth
Species group:
Moths
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Lepidoptera
Family:
Noctuidae
Records on NatureSpot:
77
First record:
28/06/2003 (Skevington, Mark)
Last record:
11/10/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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