Buff Arches - Habrosyne pyritoides

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    65.009 BF1653

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map