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


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

UK Map