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.
Has a wide range of lowland habitats, including woodland and gardens.
The single generation flies in March and April, when it is often attracted to light.
The foodplants of the larvae are Oak, Willow and other deciduous trees.
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.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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