Mouse Moth - Amphipyra tragopoginis


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

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)

73.064 BF2299

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map