The Satellite - Eupsilia transversa

    Alternative names
    Satellite Moth

    Wingspan 32-42 mm. There are a number of variations, but usually with reddish-brown ground colour and white or orange reniform stigmata. The small 'satellites' either side of the stigma can be obscure, especially in worn individuals.

    Identification difficulty

    Broad-leaved woodland, parks and gardens.

    When to see it

    The adults emerge in September and can be encountered any time throughout the winter until April, in suitably mild conditions, when they can be attracted especially to sugar, but also to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a number of deciduous trees and also have a carnivorous tendency towards larvae of other species.

    UK Status

    A fairly common moth in much of Britain, though more scattered 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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map