The Lychnis - Hadena bicruris

Alternative names
Lychnis Moth

Wingspan 30-40 mm. Broad forewing which is dark greyish brown, with fine quite crisp straw white markings and a dark solid square or tooth like mark.

Similar Species

The Campion is very similar but this species usually has a pink hue to the wings.

Identification difficulty

Inhabiting woodland, heathland and suburban habitats.

When to see it

Flies in June and July, sometimes again in August and September in the south

Life History

The larvae feed on the seed capsules of various Campions and related plants, especially Red Campion.

UK Status

Fairly common throughout Britain and Ireland. 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)

73.281 BF2173

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map