Small Blood-vein - Scopula imitaria


    Wingspan 26-29 mm. Like the rather similar Blood-vein (Timandra griseata), this species has a cross-line which extends across all four wings when at rest, though the colour is generally less pink.

    Identification difficulty

    Waste ground, hedgerows and coastal sand-dunes.

    When to see it

    The adults fly at night during July and August.

    Life History

    Feeding on Privet and a variety of low-growing plants, the caterpillars overwinter.

    UK Status

    It is fairly common in the southern half of Britain but local further north. 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)

    70.024 BF1690

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map