Green-brindled Crescent - Allophyes oxyacanthae


Wingspan 35-45 mm. Although superficially a dull brown species, the typical form of this moth has patches of metallic green scales giving it an attractive sheen in the correct light. A melanic form, ab. capucina is quite common in suburban areas, and shows much less green.

Identification difficulty

Broad-leaved woodland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens.

When to see it

An autumn species, flying from September to November.

Life History

The caterpillars hatch in spring and feed on a variety of trees and bushes, including Hawthorn and Blackthorn.

UK Status

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

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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