Chocolate-tip - Clostera curtula

    Description

    Wingspan 27-35 mm. An unmistakable species with the red-brown 'chocolate' wing tips, as well as a similar coloured stripe on the crown of the head and red-brown feet.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Woodland and well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    The English population has two generations, with adults at large in April and May, and again in August and September. In Scotland the species is single-brooded, flying from June to July.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Poplar especially Aspen as well as Willow.

    UK Status

    Having a disjointed distribution, this moth can be found in the southern half of England and in Wales, but elsewhere only in parts of Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Previously regarded as uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland numbers seem to be increasing recently and the status may need to be reviewed. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

    Reference
    71.027 BF2019

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