Small Ranunculus - Hecatera dysodea

Description

Wingspan 32-34 mm. Forewing greenish-grey with occasional orange and gold spots, including a row near the outer edge.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Rough open ground and gardens and roadside verges.

When to see it

The adults fly mainly in June and July and are occasionally attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on the flowers and seeds of various wild and cultivated Lettuce.

UK Status

This species became extinct in Britain in the early part of 20th century but re-appeared in Kent in 2002 and is now re-colonising and becoming more common at least as far north as the English Midlands. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as RDBK = Suspected, but not definitely known to be in one of the Red data Book categories, and not enough information available to say which.

VC55 Status

This species is classified as uncommon in our area but may be increasing in numbers here. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

Reference
73.280 BF2165

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