Fox Moth - Macrothylacia rubi


Wingspan 40 to 65 mm. The males of the Fox Moth are generally more reddish-brown than the females, which are slightly larger and greyer.

Identification difficulty

Its preferred habitats are open woodland, moors and commons.

When to see it

May and June. The males fly in the afternoon, whereas the females tend to fly only at night.

Life History

The caterpillar is covered with blackish and tawny-coloured hairs and feeds on Heather and Bramble amongst others.

UK Status

The species is well distributed over much of Britain, and common in places. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

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

UK Map