White-marked - Cerastis leucographa

    Description

    Wingspan 34 to 38 mm. The wing has a bright oval and a distinct kidney mark, both creamy white in colour.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Occurs in scattered well wooded localities. Sometimes visits Willow flowers.

    When to see it

    One of the early spring species, flying in March and April, it can be attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larvae have not conclusively been found in the wild in Britain, but have been reared in captivity on Willow and various herbaceous plants.

    UK Status

    A local species throughout England and in Wales. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    Reference
    73.337 BF2140

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