Mottled Rustic - Caradrina morpheus

    Description

    Wingspan 32-38 mm. Although superficially similar to several related species, this moth always shows a distinctly large and dark reniform stigma and is fairly broad-winged.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It occupies a range of habitats including suburban areas

    When to see it

    It flies from June to August, sometimes with a small second brood in October in the south and is frequent at light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a number of herbaceous plants, especially Nettle and Dandelion.

    UK Status

    Common to abundant in much of England and Wales, scarcer in Scotland and Ireland. 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)

    Reference
    73.092 BF2387

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map