Rosy Footman - Miltochrista miniata

    Description

    Wingspan 23 to 27 mm. A very attractive moth, with orange or pinkish forewings, crossed by a curious black wavy line.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It occurs in woodland habitat.

    When to see it

    Flying in July and August, the adults are attracted to light.

    Life History

    The caterpillars feed on lichens growing on trees, including Dog Lichen.

    UK Status

    Found in the southern half of Britain, but is commonest in the southern seaboard counties. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    72.035 BF2037

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

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