Pale Mottled Willow - Caradrina clavipalpis

Alternative names
Paradrina clavipalpis

Wingspan 26-35 mm. This moth shows a distinct mottling to the forewing, with several dark dots along the leading edge, and very white hind wings.

Identification difficulty

Grassland, farmland and gardens

When to see it

It flies mainly between July and September, but can be found earlier or later in the year.

Life History

The caterpillars live on the grain of various cereal crops, including those that have been harvested.

UK Status

A fairly common species over much of the British Isles.

VC55 Status

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

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map