Powdered Quaker - Orthosia gracilis


Wingspan 35 to 40 mm. A quite variable species in colouration, but the row of dots between the kidney mark and the outer cross line helps with identification. The more widely varying individuals are usually those feeding on bog myrtle in Scotland and some southern parts of its range. Elsewhere, the larvae often feed on Willow and tend to be paler and less variable.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats especially where the foodplants are present.

When to see it

Flying in April and May, the adults will come to light.

Life History

Adults visit various flowers, including sallow blossom.

UK Status

Occurring widely in England, Wales and Ireland, less so 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).

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

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