Cabbage Moth - Mamestra brassicae


Wingspan 37-45 mm. There can be considerable variation in the size of the adults. The markings vary, and it can resemble a number of other species, but can always be identified by the presence of a curved 'spur' on the tibia of the foreleg.

Identification difficulty

A wide range of habitats.

When to see it

The species shows a rather complex life-history, with two or three overlapping generations, and moths on the wing from May through to September.

Life History

As both the English and Scientific names suggest, the main foodplants are Cabbage (Brassica spp.) and related crops, and it can be a notorious pest.

UK Status

A common species throughout most of Britain, becoming less so further north. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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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