Feathered Thorn - Colotois pennaria


Wingspan 35-45 mm. Often a rich reddish-brown moth, but sometimes paler. Only the males have the feathery antennae which give rise to its English name.


Broad-leaved woodland, areas with scattered trees, parks and gardens.

When to see it

The single generation flies in the autumn, from September to November.

Life History

In spring, the caterpillars feed on a number of deciduous trees and shrubs.

UK Status

The species is quite commonly distributed in Britain, but more locally in Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

70.244 BF1923

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map