Iron Prominent - Notodonta dromedarius


Wingspan 35-40 mm. Specimens from the more northern parts of its range tend to be darker, with less orange and yellow.

Identification difficulty

Broad-leaved woodland, heathland, river banks and sometimes gardens.

When to see it

Except in the north, there are two broods, flying in May and June, and again in August. The single northern brood appears in June and July.

Life History

The caterpillar, in common with many of the 'Prominents', has several humps on the back. It lives mainly on Birch.

UK Status

A fairly common species 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

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

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

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