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.
Occupies a range of habitats but with a preference for damper areas.
It has one generation, flying from June through to August.
The larvae feed on a variety of low-growing plants, including Chickweed and Sorrel.
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.
Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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