Vine's Rustic - Hoplodrina ambigua

    Description

    Wingspan 32-34 mm. One of the rather similar Hoplodrina group, this species is generally paler than blanda or alsines and tends to show larger and rounder stigmata.

    Habitat

    Grassland, heathland, woodland rides and gardens

    When to see it

    There are two generations with moths occurring between May and October, with the second brood somewhat more numerous.

    Life History

    The caterpillar is dull brownish with darker markings and feeds on low plants such as Dock and Plantain.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in the southern part of England up to south Wales and probably enjoying an increase in recent years. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    This moth is listed as occasional in our area but its numbers seem to be increasing so this status may be subject to review. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

    Reference
    73.099 BF2384

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map