Maiden's Blush - Cyclophora punctaria

Description

Wingspan 18 to 25 mm. Forewings are tip pointed, outer edge with central bulge. Light pinkish brown or buff, speckled with dark grey scales and often flushed with pink. Central cross line largely red.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Oak woodland and other areas containing Oak.

When to see it

Like other Cyclophora species, it has two generations - the first flying in May and June, and the second in August.

Life History

The larvae feed on the leaves of Oak.

UK Status

Fairly common locally in the south of England, becoming scarcer further north into Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

Reference
70.036 BF1680

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