Canary-shouldered Thorn - Ennomos alniaria

Alternative names
Canary Shouldered Thorn

Wingspan 38-42 mm. Aptly named after the canary-yellow thorax, or 'shoulders'.

Identification difficulty

It frequents woodland, gardens and a range of other habitats.

When to see it

It has a single generation which flies from July to October and is regularly attracted to artificial light.

Life History

The larvae feed on a variety of deciduous trees.

UK Status

This is a fairly common species all over 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)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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