Gold Spot - Plusia festucae


    Wingspan 34-46 mm. A distinctive and colourful species.

    Identification difficulty

    Marshes, fens, woodland rides and upland grassland and, on heathland, moorland and river-banks

    When to see it

    It has two generations in the south, sometimes only one in the north, flying between June and September

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a variety of plants, mainly associated with these damp habitats.

    UK Status

    Reasonably common throughout the whole of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire & Rutland and possibly increasing. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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