The Nutmeg - Anarta trifolii

Alternative names
Nutmeg Moth, Discestra trifolii

Wingspan 30-35 mm. This moth has a finely variegated patterning of sandy and darker browns and greys. It also has quite a large kidney mark and the half near the trailing edge is always darker than the ground colour.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits waste ground, agricultural land and a range of other habitats.

When to see it

It has two broods in the South, one in the North, with moths appearing between May and September.

Life History

The pricipal larval foodplants are Orache and Goosefoot.

UK Status

Occurring most commonly in the South-East of England, its range stretches Northwards, locally through Northern England and Wales, to Scotland, where it is quite scarce. Occasional migrants appear, which are thought to be the source of some far Northern records.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map