Chamomile Shark - Cucullia chamomillae

    Description

    Wingspan 40 to 42 mm. Very similar to The Shark (C. umbratica), it can be told apart by the fringe of the hindwing, which has a darker central line running through the centre, forming a triple-banded effect. In umbratica, the fringe is all pale with just a single darker line on the inner edge.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found on roadside verges, waste ground and commons.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History

    The caterpillars feed on various Compositae, including Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).

    UK Status

    It is is found In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.throughout England, Wales and into southern Scotland but is rarer further north. Local in Ireland.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    Reference
    73.053 BF2214

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map