Early Thorn - Selenia dentaria


    Wingspan 28-40 mm. The moths in the summer brood are normally paler. Melanic forms occur fairly regularly in parts of northern England. Resting position also distinguishes Early Thorn from all other British Thorns. It holds its wings up over its back and pressed together like a butterfly.

    Identification difficulty

    Occurring in a wide range of habitats.

    When to see it

    There are two distinct generations (except in the far north), the first of which flies in April and May. The summer brood, which appears in August and September, usually produces smaller and paler moths.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a variety of deciduous trees.

    UK Status

    Commonly distributed throughout Britain, though less so in Scotland. 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)

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