Mother Shipton - Euclidia mi

Alternative names
Callistege mi

Wingspan 25-30 mm. The common name refers to the forewing markings, which appear to show an old lady or witch's head.

Identification difficulty

Downland, in rough grassland and waste places where Clovers and Trefoils, Medick or Lucerne occur.

When to see it

A day-flying moth, preferring sunshine and taking short, rapid flights. It flies in May and June.

Life History

The larvae feed mainly on Clover and various grasses.

UK Status

It is reasonably common over much of the British Isles, becoming scarcer in Scotland and Ireland.

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)

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