Frosted Orange - Gortyna flavago


Wingspan 35-40 mm. An attractive moth with a pattern of pale yellows and browns

Identification difficulty

Its favoured haunts are woodland, waste ground and marshes

When to see it

On the wing from August to October.

Life History

The larvae feed internally in the wide stems of such plants as Thistle and Burdock species also pupating within the stem.

UK Status

Fairly common throughout England and Wales; less so in Ireland and Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly 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