The Gem - Nycterosea obstipata
Wingspan 18 to 21 mm. The species is sexually dimorphic, the male being light brown with a darker central band, and the female slightly larger and darker, with a white spot on each forewing.
A migrant that is most often seen at light.
It usually appears in late summer and autumn.
The larvae feed on various low-growing plants.
Another continental species, which is a regular migrant to the British Isles, mainly in the south. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as a migrant.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).
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