The Spinach - Eulithis mellinata

    Alt Name
    Spinach Moth

    Wingspan 27-30 mm. The straw yellow wing bears a darker central band with one large tooth like projection on the outer edge. The wing fringes are chequered.

    Identification difficulty

    Found in suburban areas as well as woodland and similar habitats.

    When to see it

    The adults fly from June to August in a single generation.

    Life History

    This species feeds on various Ribes species, such as Red Currant and Black Currant

    UK Status

    It is fairly common in England and Wales but rare in Scotland and Ireland. 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)

    70.092 BF1757

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map