Small Scallop - Idaea emarginata


Wingspan 22 to 25 mm. This is a fairly distinctive moth.

Identification difficulty

Occupying damp deciduous woodland, meadows and marshes.

When to see it

It flies between June and August after dark, when it can be attracted to light, but it can also be flushed in the daytime.

Life History

The caterpillar is brownish and believed to feed on Bedstraw (Galium) in the wild, though in captivity it can be reared on a number of plants, preferring withered leaves.

UK Status

Occurs widely but never commonly in England and Wales. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

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

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Small Scallop
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
25/07/2015 (Russell, Adrian)
Last record:
13/07/2023 (Leonard, Pete)

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