Figure of Eight - Diloba caeruleocephala


Wingspan 30 to 40 mm. The English name comes from the creamy markings on the forewing, one or both of which can resemble the figure 8.

Identification difficulty

Areas where the larval foodplant is present.

When to see it

An autumn flyer, this moth is on the wing in October and November, when it is attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Apple.

UK Status

It is distributed reasonably commonly over England and Wales, and is scarcer in Ireland and Scotland. 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).

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

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