Buff Arches - Habrosyne pyritoides


Wingspan 35 to 40 mm. The combination of smooth grey, white and russet-brown makes this delicately-marked moth one of the prettiest, especially when observed at close range.

Identification difficulty

Open woodland, young plantations, hedgerows and gardens.

When to see it

Flying in July and August, it can be attracted to 'sugar', as well as to light.

Life History

The larvae, which are reddish brown with two or four creamy spots, feed on Bramble (Rubus).

UK Status

It is fairly common in wooded areas in the southern half of Britain but absent from Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite 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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