Dusky Thorn - Ennomos fuscantaria


Wingspan 35-40 mm. Generally distinguished by its resting position and by the mauvish grey or grey brown shading between the outer cross line and outer edge of wing. Shape of cross line on forewing slightly variable.

Identification difficulty

The species is found in deciduous woods and their margins, and suburban habitats, where the larval foodplant, Ash grows.

When to see it

It flies from August to early October.

Life History

Overwinters as an egg usually in the larval stage early May to mid July.

UK Status

Distributed over England and Wales, this moth can be reasonably common in the southern part of its range, but scarcer further north. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

70.235 BF1914

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map