Frosted Green - Polyploca ridens

    Description

    Wingspan 30 to 35 mm. Rather distinctive, being predominantly dark green with prominent tufts on the thorax and varying amounts of black and greenish white marbling on the forewings.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found in mature oak woods.

    When to see it

    Attracted easily to light, the adults fly quite early in the year, in April and May.

    Life History

    Oak is the foodplant of the caterpillars.

    UK Status

    Distributed in the southern half of England and Wales, this species is becomes scarcer further north. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    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).

    Reference
    65.015 BF1660

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map