Old Lady - Mormo maura

    Description

    Wingspan 55-65 mm. A large broad winged dark brown moth.

    Habitat

    It hides by day in old buildings and sheds, and frequents damp localities as well as waste ground and gardens.

    When to see it

    On the wing in July and August. The adults are not readily attracted to light, but are frequent at sugar.

    Life History

    After overwintering, the rather plump caterpillars feed in the spring on Blackthorn and other shrubs and trees.

    UK Status

    Distributed locally throughout much of Britain, and common in places. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

    Reference
    73.107 BF2300

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map