Grey Shoulder-knot - Lithophane ornitopus


Wingspan 32-38 mm.

Identification difficulty

A woodland species

When to see it

The adults emerge in September and October, and overwinter, appearing again from February to April.

Life History

The caterpillars, like several other Lithophane species, have a tendency towards cannibalism. The foodplant is Oak.

UK Status

Found mainly in the southern part of England, Wales and Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map