Early Moth - Theria primaria


Wingspan 32-37 mm. Like many other winter species, the females are almost wingless. The male is a brown moth usually with a darker spot on each wing.

Identification difficulty

Woodland margins and hedgerows.

When to see it

This aptly-named species is to be found on the wing in January and February.

Life History

It feeds on Hawthorn and Blackthorn in the larval stage.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in England, Wales, Ireland and the south of Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

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

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