Small Quaker - Orthosia cruda

    Description

    Wingspan 25-30 mm. Distinguished from other early Noctuids by its small size, usually light colour and plain appearance of forewing which has a rough appearance caused by a dusting of black scales.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Deciduous woodland and areas with scattered trees.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in March and April, feed on Willow and are attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed in the early summer on a number of deciduous trees, including Oak and Willow.

    UK Status

    A fairly common species over much of Britain. 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)

    Reference
    73.245 BF2182

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