Mottled Rustic - Caradrina morpheus


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

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)

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

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