Ingrailed Clay - Diarsia mendica

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    73.333 BF2120

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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