Treble Brown Spot - Idaea trigeminata

    Description

    Wingspan 23 to 25 mm. Usually unmistakable. The main diagnostic feature is a dark brown outer cross band pinched in two places on an otherwise rather plain whitish forewing.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found around woodland edges and hedgerows.

    When to see it

    The adults are on the wing from late May to early July, and can be attracted to light.

    Life History

    The caterpillars feed on Ivy, Knotgrass and other low-growing plants.

    UK Status

    Local, mainly occurring in the southern parts of England and Wales. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain 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).

    Reference
    70.012 BF1711

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map