The Mallow - Larentia clavaria


Wingspan 36 to 40 mm. 

Identification difficulty

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.

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