Evergestis pallidata

Alternative names
Chequered Pearl

Wingspan 24 to 29 mm. A fairly distinctive moth with pale creamy wings laced with dark brown markings.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats including damp open woodland and other damp areas.

When to see it

The moths fly between June and August when they are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on various Brassicaceae, in particular Winter-cress (Barbarea vulgaris).

UK Status

It is distributed in the southern half of England to the Midlands, and also occurs in Scotland and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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