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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    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