Tachystola acroxantha

    Alt Name
    Ruddy Streak

    Wingspan 13 to 15 mm. The pinkish orange termen make this a fairly easy species to identify.

    Identification difficulty

    Various habitats.

    When to see it

    The colourful adults can occur between May and September, when they are attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on withered leaves and leaf-litter.

    UK Status

    An adventive species, which was first noted in Devon in 1908, and was probably imported with Australian plants. In recent years it has expanded its range rapidly northwards to Lancashire, and is quite common in some areas. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    28.024 BF656

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map