Common Lutestring - Ochropacha duplaris

    Description

    Wingspan 27 to 32 mm. A relatively poorly-marked species, with a range of variants, some of which tend towards the melanic form obscura. Often it is still possible to see the remnants of a darker spot and pale band across the wing however.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    The species inhabits woodland where Birch is present.

    When to see it

    The adults fly at night from June to August.

    Life History

    The larval foodplant is Birch.

    UK Status

    It is widespread and fairly frequent throughout 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 frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

    Reference
    65.013 BF1657

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map