Pale Eggar - Trichiura crataegi

Description

Wingspan 25 to 30 mm. A grey moth with angular black lined markings. It is quite variable across its range, the more northern forms tending to be darker.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Its preferred habitats are heathland and the edges of woodland.

When to see it

August and September.

Life History

The larvae feed on a range of plants and trees including Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Bilberry and Heather.

UK Status

Its range extends through England and Wales to northern Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

Reference
66.002 BF1632

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