Scalloped Hazel - Odontopera bidentata


Quite a variable species, with individuals ranging from pale brown to almost black, the darker varieties having less obvious markings.

Identification difficulty

It frequents woodland, heaths and suburban habitats.

When to see it

There is just one brood, flying in May and June.

Life History

Larva feeds on various woody plants, including Hazel, Silver and Downy Birch, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Oak and some coniferous trees, overwintering as a pupa.

UK Status

The species is moderately common over most of the British Isles. 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


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

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