Ringed China-mark - Parapoynx stratiotata


Wingspan 15 to 28 mm. Although there are many variations of ground colour, this species is readily recognised by the dark ring with whitish centre on the forewing.

Identification difficulty

Near to ponds, lakes canals etc.

When to see it

Flies from June to August, being attracted to light.

Life History

The larva is an aquatic feeder, living on pondweeds and other aquatic plants.

UK Status

It is found in suitable habitat mainly in the southern half of Britain. 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)

63.117 BF1348

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map