Double-striped Pug - Gymnoscelis rufifasciata

Description

Wingspan 15-19 mm. It is often a brightly-coloured species.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It occupies a wide range of habitats, including suburban areas, parks, gardens, hedgerows, roadside verges, heathland, moorland and woodland.

When to see it

This species generally has two broods, flying in April and May and again in August, though it can be found on the wing as early as January in mild winters. It is a regular visitor to the light-trap.

Life History

The larvae feed on the flowers of a range of plants and bushes, including Gorse and Holly.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain. 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)

Reference
70.141 BF1862

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

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