Clouded Buff - Diacrisia sannio

    Description

    Wingspan 35 to 50 mm. The males are larger and more brightly coloured than the females.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Although this species is fairly distinctive it is quite rare at present in our area.  We therefore ask you to submit photographs to support any record and, if possible, retain the specimen in case it is required.

    Habitat

    This species inhabits heathland and similar rough habitats.

    When to see it

    The moths fly in June and July. The males may be active during the day, but the females are more nocturnal. 

    Life History

    The larvae feed on heather (Calluna) and various herbaceous plants.

    UK Status

    Locally widespread throughout much of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Reference
    72.023 BF2059

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