March Moth - Alsophila aescularia
Wingspan 25-35 mm. This is one of a few species of moth where the female is apterous, or wingless. The male has a distinctive way of resting, with the wings overlapping.
The females may be found crawling on tree-trunks at night and the males can be attracted to light.
Occurring in March and April.
The pale green larvae feed on a range of deciduous trees, including Hawthorn, Oak and fruit trees.
It is fairly well distributed over most of Britain and reasonably common. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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