The Flame - Axylia putris

Alternative names
Flame Moth

Wingspan 27-32 mm. The adults rest with the wings wrapped around the body and closely resemble a broken piece of twig.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits woodland fringes, hedgerows and suburban habitats.

When to see it

Flies mainly in June and July, sometimes with a partial second generation in the autumn.

Life History

The caterpillars feed at night on various low-growing herbaceous plants, including Dock and Bedstraw.

UK Status

A common species over most of Britain, except in the far north where it is more local. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Very 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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