Chimney Sweeper - Odezia atrata

    Description

    Wingspan 23-27 mm. It is completely black except for the white fringes at the tips of the forewings.

    Habitat

    It inhabits grassy meadows, dry chalky and limestone districts.

    When to see it

    This unusual species flies in the daytime and prefers bright sunshine. The single generation flies in June and July.

    Life History

    The larvae feed mainly on the flowers of Pignut.

    UK Status

    Distributed throughout most of Britain and can be plentiful in some locations. 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)

    Reference
    70.130 BF1870

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map