Spring Usher - Agriopis leucophaearia

    Description

    Wingspan 23-28 mm. A very variable species, with males varying from almost black-and-white to a drab greyish and rather plain appearance. The females are wingless.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Various habitats, particularly Oak woodland.

    When to see it

    The adults emerge in February and March sometimes as early as January. The females climb up tree trunks and the males fly weakly to them, also being attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed mainly on Oak.

    UK Status

    This is a fairly common species in England and Wales, local in Scotland.  In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    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)

    Reference
    70.253 BF1932

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