Twin-spotted Quaker - Anorthoa munda

Alternative names
Orthosia munda
Description

Wingspan 38 to 44 mm. A variable species, with forewings ranging from pale buff to reddish-brown. The blackish twin spots are usually obvious, but in some forms, including ab. immaculata, these are reduced to barely discernible rufous marks, or obsolete.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

In woodland and other well wooded habitats.

When to see it

Flying in March and April, like several related species, it can be found feeding on Willow blossom at night.

Life History

The caterpillars feed in early summer on various trees, including Oak, Aspen and Willow.

UK Status

It is widely distributed in England and Wales, but local in Ireland and Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).

Reference
73.250 BF2189

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Species profile

Common names
Twin-spotted Quaker
Species group:
Moths
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Lepidoptera
Family:
Noctuidae
Records on NatureSpot:
127
First record:
11/04/2004 (Skevington, Mark)
Last record:
12/04/2024 (Pugh, Dylan)

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