Kent Black Arches - Meganola albula

    Description

    Wingspan 18 to 24 mm.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    A fairly distinctive species, but records must be supported by images due to the scarcity of this species in our area.

    Habitat

    Occupying open woodland and coastal habitats.

    When to see it

    The species flies at night from June to August, and can be attracted to light.

    Life History

    The small, hairy larvae feed on Dewberry (Rubus caesius), and overwinter in this state.

    UK Status

    A species which is mainly restricted to the southern and eastern counties of England, and parts of Wales. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    VC55 Status

    A recent arrival in Leicestershire and Rutland but may be moving into our area.

    Reference
    74.002 BF2076

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map