The Forester - Adscita statices

Alternative names
Forester Moth

Wingspan 25 to 28 mm. This shiny emerald green coloured moth can be separated by its larger wingspan from the similar Cistus Forester (Adscita geryon), which only occurs in limestone districts where rock-rose grows.

Identification difficulty

Meadows where the larval foodplant is present.

When to see it

A day-flying species, it flies in sunshine during June and July.

Life History

The larva initially mines a leaf of Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) in July and August, and then feeds externally on lower leaves until May, when it pupates in a cocoon near the ground among vegetation.

UK Status

The Forester is the commonest of the genus in Britain. It is widespread but absent over wide areas. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional or little recorded in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant). Leicestershire & Rutland Distribution Map.

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