The Festoon - Apoda limacodes

Description

Wingspan 24 to 28 mm. An unmistakable species, the females are generally slightly larger and paler than males.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It inhabits mature woodland.

When to see it

The flight period of the adults is during June and July. Although sometimes flying in sunshine, it is normally encountered after dark at light.

Life History

The small, grub-like caterpillar is green, and feeds on Oak (Quercus) and Beech (Fagus).

UK Status

This scarce species is restricted to the southern counties of England, mainly from Dorset eastwards to Kent ? the species is classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

Reference
53.001 BF173

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map