Maple Prominent - Ptilodon cucullina

Alternative names
Ptilodontella cucullina

Wingspan 35 to 40 mm. Although similar in shape to the Coxcomb Prominent (P. capucina), this species has a more variegated appearance.

Identification difficulty

Prefers woodland and chalk downland.

When to see it

It flies from May to July.

Life History

The larvae live on Field Maple and sometimes Sycamore.

UK Status

Its distribution covers the south and south-east of England, but is not especially common. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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

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