Tachystola acroxantha

Alternative names
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).

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

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