Ferdinandea cuprea

    Description

    This species is relatively easy to identify with its often brassy looking abdomen, the grey stripes on its thorax and the two wing 'clouds' (dark marks).

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Woodland and well wooded hedgerows where it likes to sun itself on tree trunks.

    When to see it

    March to November, peaking in June.

    Life History

    Larvae have been recorded from sap wounds on the trunks of Oak and Ash. Trees infested by Goat Moth seem to be favoured.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain but rarely common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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