Pammene aurana

    Alt Name
    Orange-spot Piercer

    Wingspan 9-13 mm. A very distinctive species, having two orange blotches on a chocolate brown forewing.


    Hedgerows, rough ground and woodland edges, favouring Hogweed.

    When to see it

    Flying in June and July, the moths can be found in the afternoons on the flowers of the foodplant, Hogweed.

    Life History

    The larvae spin seeds of Hogweed together and feed on the seeds inside the spinning.

    UK Status

    It is distributed throughout Britain and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

    49.379 BF1272

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map