Rustic Shoulder-knot - Apamea sordens


Wingspan 34-42 mm. A variable moth but often a relatively dull brownish colour, sometimes pinker. It it can usually be recognised by the black 'shoulder-knot', a streak at the base of the forewing.

Identification difficulty

Frequenting meadows, fields and other grassy places.

When to see it

Flies in May and June.

Life History

The caterpillars feed through the winter on various grasses such as Cock's-foot.

UK Status

Common throughout most of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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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