Early Grey - Xylocampa areola


Wingspan 32-40 mm. Forewing ash grey, rough in texture and marbled with blackish grey. Oval and kidney mark are pale and there is an additional oval joined to the first, and also to the kidney mark in most cases. Ground colour varies with some examples being darker than others.

Identification difficulty

It tends to inhabit lightly wooded areas and suburban locations.

When to see it

As the English name suggests, this is one of the earliest moths to emerge in the season flying from March to May and often a visitor to the garden light-trap.

Life History

The yellowish-brown larvae feed on Honeysuckle.

UK Status

It is fairly well distributed throughout Britain, though more common in the south. 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)

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

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