The Gothic - Naenia typica

Alternative names
Gothic Moth

Wingspan 33-40 mm. Quite similar in appearance to the Bordered Gothic (Heliophobus reticulata) and the Feathered Gothic (Tholera decimalis), this species can be identified by its broader wings and dark patch between the forewing stigmata.

Identification difficulty

Inhabiting waste ground, suburban habitats and marshy areas.

When to see it

Specimens may be found from June to early August, nectaring at flowers or at sugared posts and ropes.

Life History

The larvae feed on a wide range of plants, including Dock, Dandelion and Sow-thistle.

UK Status

It is widespread in Britain and Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

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

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