Northern Spinach - Eulithis populata


    Wingspan 25 to 32 mm.This species shows a range of colour forms, with generally darker specimens further north.

    Identification difficulty

    It inhabits peat moorland and grassland.

    When to see it

    There is one generation, with the moths flying in July and August.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Bilberry.

    UK Status

    Distributed throughout Britain, including the very north of Scotland, though less common in the south and east. 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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map