Small Clouded Brindle - Apamea unanimis

Description

Wingspan 30-38 mm. The small size of this moth and the kidney mark, always outlined in white and most noticeably so along the outer edge, are the most obvious features.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Inhabiting marshes, fens and similar damp habitats.

When to see it

The adults are on the wing in June and July and occasionally come to light.

Life History

The larva feeds on grasses, including Reed Canary-grass but, unlike its close relatives, feeds up before winter and hibernates before pupating in the spring.

UK Status

This species is widespread in most of Britain, including southern Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

Reference
73.159 BF2331

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