Yellow Shell - Camptogramma bilineata


    Wingspan 20-25 mm. A very variable species with examples ranging from bright yellow through to dark brown and also variable in size. Four different subspecies occur, with the smaller and darker ones frequenting rocky places in northern Scotland and Ireland.

    Identification difficulty

    Occupies a range of habitats but with a preference for damper areas.

    When to see it

    It has one generation, flying from June through to August.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a variety of low-growing plants, including Chickweed and Sorrel.

    UK Status

    It is quite common throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map