Common Quaker - Orthosia cerasi


    Wingspan 34-40 mm. Quite variable, there are forms with a plain ground colour and others with a darker band across the forewing, but all have large, rounded stigmata outlined paler.

    Identification difficulty

    Has a wide range of lowland habitats, including woodland and gardens.

    When to see it

    The single generation flies in March and April, when it is often attracted to light.

    Life History

    The foodplants of the larvae are Oak, Willow and other deciduous trees.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common throughout Britain, except for the far north, where it is somewhat scarcer. 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

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

    UK Map