Yellow-barred Brindle - Acasis viretata
Wingspan 25-29 mm. The English name of this species refers to the colour form normally found in the wild. When freshly emerged however this species usually has a greenish colour, which does fade rapidly.
Occupying woodland, suburban habitats and scrubland.
The moth is found in May and June and, in the southern part of its range, again in August and September.
The larvae feed on the flowers and leaves of a variety of foodplants, including Holly and Ivy.
The species is widely distributed, though not often common in the southern half of Britain and scarce in northern England and southern Scotland.In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)
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