The Tissue - Triphosa dubitata

Alternative names
Tissue Moth

Wingspan 38 to 48 mm. This moth has a slightly glossy appearance to the upperside, and often has a purplish tinge.

Identification difficulty

The preferred habitats are woodland, heathland, chalk and limestone areas, and open bushy places.

When to see it

The adults fly in August and September, overwintering in this stage, reappearing in April and May.

Life History

The larvae live on Buckthorn and Alder Buckthorn.

UK Status

It is locally distributed over the southern half of Britain, becoming rarer further north. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

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).

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

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