The Olive - Ipimorpha subtusa

    Alt Name
    Olive Moth

    Wingspan 27 to 30 mm. Pale olive brown forewing which is not hooked and which has very distinctive patterning.

    Identification difficulty

    The species inhabits woodlands and marshy areas.

    When to see it

    Flies in July and August.

    Life History

    The caterpillar spins together the leaves of its foodplants, which are Aspen and other poplars.

    UK Status

    Fairly widely distributed over much of Britain as far north as southern Scotland, but can be relatively uncommon and local. 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 and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

    73.213 BF2312

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map