The Herald - Scoliopteryx libatrix

    Alternative names
    Herald Moth

    Quite a spectacular species, this colourful red brown moth has a distinctive wing shape and bold wing markings.

    Identification difficulty

    Open broadleaved woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens.

    When to see it

    Overwinters as an adult and as a result, can be one of the last species to be seen in one year and one of the first in the next. It is also sometimes found hibernating inside barns and outbuildings. The adults are attracted to both light and sugar.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Willow and Poplar.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and well distributed over much of Britain, though it is less common in Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map