The Phoenix - Eulithis prunata

Alternative names
Phoenix Moth

Wingspan 30-35 mm. With a wingspan of around 40mm, this is one of the larger members of the Larentiinae. Distinctively marked with rich deep browns. Sometimes rests with tail slightly raised.

Identification difficulty

It is most often found in cultivated areas, gardens and the like.

When to see it

The adults are on the wing in July and August.

Life History

Feeds mainly on the leaves of Black Currant, Red Currant and related Ribes.

UK Status

It is found throughout most of the British Isles but is not particularly common anywhere. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain 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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map