Scarce Silver-lines - Bena bicolorana


Wingspan 40 to 45 mm. Possibly our most immaculate-looking moth when fresh, this is one of the few green species in Britain, and one of the brightest.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits woodland and parkland.

When to see it

Flying from June to August, it regularly visits light.

Life History

The caterpillars feed on the leaves of oak.

UK Status

It is distributed widely in England and Wales, as far north as Yorkshire, being locally common in places. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

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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