Peppered Moth - Biston betularia


    Wingspan 35-60 mm. A favourite of genetic studies, this species shows well the phenomenon of industrial melanism, where all-dark individuals became the dominant form in certain parts of northern England. Nowadays, the melanic form  carbonaria is declining again in these areas.


    Found in a range of habitats.

    When to see it

    The flight period is from May to August.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a range of trees and plants.

    UK Status

    Common throughout most of Britain though more locally distributed in 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)

    70.252 BF1931

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map