Flame Shoulder - Ochropleura plecta


Wingspan 25-30 mm. Resembles no other British species. The English name refers to a bright straw coloured band running along the leading edge of the forewing, which is further emphasised by the black streak behind it.

Identification difficulty

Woodland fringes, gardens and meadowland.

When to see it

There are two generations, flying in May and June and again in August and September.

Life History

The nocturnal caterpillars live on low plants such as Dock and Plantain.

UK Status

Quite a common species throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map