Pammene aurana

Alternative names
Orange-spot Piercer

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

Identification difficulty

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)

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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