Yellow-barred Brindle - Acasis viretata

Alternative names
Yellow Barred Brindle

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.

Identification difficulty

Occupying woodland, suburban habitats and scrubland.

When to see it

The moth is found in May and June and, in the southern part of its range, again in August and September.

Life History

The larvae feed on the flowers and leaves of a variety of foodplants, including Holly and Ivy.

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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

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