V-Moth - Macaria wauaria

    Alternative names
    The V-Moth

    Wingspan 25 to 30 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    It favours gardens, allotments and other cultivated areas where fruit bushes are grown.

    When to see it

    The adults, which come to light, are on the wing in July and August.

    Life History

    The caterpillars feed on a number of Ribes species, including red and black currant and gooseberry.

    UK Status

    This species appears to be on the decline, but is still widely distributed in much of Britain. 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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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