Red-line Quaker - Agrochola lota

Description

Wingspan 33 to 40 mm. A dull brown moth with red-brown lines forming a 'V' shape towards the rear end of the wings.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Frequenting open woodland, heathland and damp localities.

When to see it

The single generation flies in September and October, and is readily attracted to light.

Life History

The overwintering eggs hatch in the spring. The young caterpillars feed on the catkins of Willow, moving to the leaves when more mature, feeding at night and hiding in spun leaves during the day.

UK Status

This is a reasonably common species in most of Britain south of Scotland, where it is more local. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

Reference
73.189 BF2263

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