The Miller (Moth) - Acronicta leporina

    Alternative names
    Miler Moth

    Wingspan 35-45 mm. Another variable species, the whitest forms occurring in parts of Scotland and the darker ones in northern England and the Midlands, in industrial areas. Typically, the species is pale greyish, a form known as f. grisea.

    Identification difficulty

    Woodlands, other well wooded areas and heathland

    When to see it

    Flies from June to August

    Life History

    The highly distinctive caterpillar is pale green and is covered with extremely long whitish hairs, giving the whole larva a feather-like appearance. It feeds mainly on Birch but also on other deciduous trees.

    UK Status

    It is fairly frequent and distributed over much of Britain though commoner in the south. 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)

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map