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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map