Lathronympha strigana

    Alt Name
    Red Piercer

    Wingspan 14-18 mm. A distinctive species with bright orange-rufous forewings and several greyish metallic markings towards the rear of the wing.

    Identification difficulty

    It frequents open woodland and similar areas.

    When to see it

    The adults fly at sunrise and later from dusk onwards. They are on the wing in June and July, sometimes with a second brood in late August/September.

    Life History

    Feeds on St. John's-wort

    UK Status

    This moth is fairly common in the south of Britain becoming scarcer further north. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

    49.345 BF1219

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map