The Wormwood - Cucullia absinthii

    Alt Name
    Wormwood Moth

    Wingspan 32 to 40 mm. Like other members of the Cuculliinae, when at rest they have an accentuated posture with a forward-projecting tuft of hair on the thorax.

    Identification difficulty

    Occupying waste ground, quarries, sea-cliffs and similar habitats.

    When to see it

    The adults are on the wing in July.

    Life History

    The larvae eat the flowers and seeds of Wormwood or Mugwort.

    UK Status

    A rather local species, occurring in scattered locations throughout England and Wales. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    VC55 Status

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

    73.050 BF2211

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map