Twin-spotted Quaker - Anorthoa munda

Alternative names
Orthosia munda

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

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.

VC55 Status

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

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

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