Scorched Wing - Plagodis dolabraria


Wingspan 28-32 mm. The English name of this species is derived from the moth's fanciful resemblance to burnt paper or similar substance.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and well wooded areas

When to see it

The main flight period is May and June. The adults are attracted to sugar, but only usually the males to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on a range of deciduous trees, including Oak, Birch and Willow.

UK Status

It is widely distributed in England and Wales, sometimes fairly frequently, and also occurs though less commonly, in Scotland and Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

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

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

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