The Clay - Mythimna ferrago

Alternative names
Clay Moth

Wingspan 35-40 mm. This moth often has a pinkish tinge to the forewings. The male has a distinctive black triangle or chevron on the underside of the abdomen.

Identification difficulty

It occupies a range of habitats, though preferring more wooded areas

When to see it

Flies during July and August.

Life History

The caterpillars feed chiefly on various grasses, but also on low plants such as Dandelion and Chickweed.

UK Status

Relatively common over most of 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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map