The Four-spotted - Tyta luctuosa

    Alternative names
    Four-spotted Moth

    Wingspan 22 to 25 mm. Large white spots one extending two-thirds of the way along the leading edge of the brownish black forewing, and white band on the hindwing are diagnostic of this rather distinctive moth.

    Identification difficulty

    It can be found in dry, sandy or chalky terrain and wasteland.

    When to see it

    It is on the wing between May and August, and flies from dusk into the night.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on field Bindweed and prefer the buds of flowers.

    UK Status

    This scarce and vulnerable species was once widely distributed in the south, but is now restricted to a few small populations in Dorset, the Brecks and elsewhere. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce A.

    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).

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    species champion Our Champion for the Four-Spotted Moth is Richard Astle.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map