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.
Occurring in a wide range of habitats.
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.
The larvae feed on a variety of deciduous trees.
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.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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