Green-brindled Crescent - Allophyes oxyacanthae

    Description

    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.

    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    73.068 BF2245

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map