Feathered Gothic - Tholera decimalis

    Description

    Wingspan 32-45 mm. A variable, often grey-brown moth well marked with lines and other marks.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Rough grassland and downland.

    When to see it

    The adults are on the wing in August and September, when the males in particular are attracted to light.

    Life History

    A grass-feeding species, the young larvae eat the blades and, when more mature, descend to ground level and devour the stems.

    UK Status

    Widely distributed over much of Britain it can be quite common in some parts. 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)

    Reference
    73.253 BF2178

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

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