Small Mottled Willow - Spodoptera exigua
Wingspan 26 to 32 mm. It can resemble some other species, but holds its wings rolled around the body when at rest.
Arrivals have been noted in most months from February to November, but the peak arrival period is from August to October.
The caterpillars feed on a number of low plants, but are not often found in Britain.
An immigrant species, occurring mainly in the southern parts of England and Wales, but also found northwards to parts of Scotland. In good years, several hundred may occur. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as a migrant.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).
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