Mouse Moth - Amphipyra tragopoginis

    Description

    Wingspan 33-38 mm. A very plain-looking moth, with three dark dots on the forewing, the ground colour is dark brown with a distinct glossy sheen.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Gardens, woodland, sand-dunes, moorland and fens.

    When to see it

    The adults are on the wing from July to September and frequently visit sugar as well as light. If disturbed, they will scuttle away mouse-like rather than take flight.

    Life History

    The caterpillars feed on a variety of herbaceous plants, including the flowers, as well as trees such as Willow.

    UK Status

    The species is commonly distributed over most of the British Isles. 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
    73.064 BF2299

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map