Feathered Thorn - Colotois pennaria
Wingspan 35-45 mm. Often a rich reddish-brown moth, but sometimes paler. Only the males have the feathery antennae which give rise to its English name.
Broad-leaved woodland, areas with scattered trees, parks and gardens.
The single generation flies in the autumn, from September to November.
In spring, the caterpillars feed on a number of deciduous trees and shrubs.
The species is quite commonly distributed in Britain, but more locally 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)
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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