Orange Underwing - Archiearis parthenias


    Wingspan 30 to 40 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    It inhabits birch woods.

    When to see it

    This is a day-flying moth, unusually being on the wing in the early part of the year between March and April, preferring to fly in sunshine.

    Life History

    The greenish caterpillar feeds firstly on the catkins, and then on the leaves of birch.

    UK Status

    Locally distributed in England, Wales and parts of Scotland. 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).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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