The Mallow - Larentia clavaria

    Description

    Wingspan 36 to 40 mm. 

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Occupying a range of suburban habitats, waste ground and ditches or riverbanks.

    When to see it

    Adults are on the wing during September and October.

    Life History

    As the English name suggests, the main larval foodplant is Mallow (Malva sylvestris), but the caterpillars will also eat cultivated hollyhock (Alcea).

    UK Status

    Distributed throughout England and Wales and into southern Scotland, this species is commoner in the south. It also occurs locally in Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    Reference
    70.070 BF1745

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map