Ingrailed Clay - Diarsia mendica


Wingspan 28-35 mm. A highly variable species, ranging from rather pale individuals in the south, to much darker ones in Scotland, with some island variants in Orkney and Shetland being afforded subspecies status.

Identification difficulty

Well wooded areas and moorland.

When to see it

Flying in a single generation from June and July.

Life History

The caterpillars hibernate and feed in the spring on a variety of shrubs and plants, including Bramble and Bilberry

UK Status

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

VC55 Status

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

UK Map