Oak Lutestring - Cymatophorina diluta

Alternative names
Cymatophorima diluta

Wingspan 33 to 36 mm. Like other lutestrings, it can be variable, and there is a relatively plain, greyish form. The moths occurring in Britain are a separate subspecies, hartwiegi.

Identification difficulty

A species of mature oak woodland.

When to see it

The single generation flies in August and September.

Life History

The caterpillars, which feed on oak, are dull greenish yellow with a black head.

UK Status

In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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

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