Catoptria pinella

    Alternative names
    Pearl Grass-veneer

    Wingspan 18-24 mm. An attractive and distinctively marked moth, the orange wings having two large white discs.

    Identification difficulty

    Damp areas, boggy heath land, fens and marshes.

    When to see it

    It flies by night in July and August and tends to rest in trees by day.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on grasses grow that grow in damp habitats.

    UK Status

    Distributed over many parts of Britain but is most common in the south and east. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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