Diurnea fagella

Alternative names
March Tubic

Wingspan 19-29 mm. The females have much shorter, stunted wings than the males and are rarely seen as they do not fly.

Identification difficulty

Often in well wooded areas.

When to see it

This is an early spring species, occurring from March to May.

Life History

The caterpillars feed on various deciduous trees.

UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout much of Britain, the melanic form occurs in some northern and industrial areas. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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