Brown-spot Pinion - Agrochola litura

Description

Wingspan 28-35 mm. A fairly distinctive species, with a normally chestnut ground colour and several blackish marks on the leading edge of the forewing.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It frequents woodland, heathland and bushy suburban habitats.

When to see it

Flying in September and October, it can regularly be attracted to light and sugar.

Life History

The spring-feeding larvae live on herbaceous plants when young, and later on the leaves of deciduous trees, such as Oak and Hawthorn.

UK Status

It is reasonably common over a large part of Britain, though not in Ireland. 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
73.187 BF2266

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