Glaucous Shears - Papestra biren

    Description

    Wingspan 32 to 40 mm.

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    Habitat

    A moorland moth. The moths quite often rest in the open on fenceposts, tree trunks and rocks.

    When to see it

    The adults fly during May and June, and can be attracted by light.

    Life History

    A wide range of moorland plants are used as food, including Heather (Calluna) and Bog-myrtle as well as Willows (Salix sp.).

    UK Status

    Occurring sparsely throughout western and northern Britain, commoner in the north. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Restricted to Charnwood Forest in our area, with few recent records. Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    Reference
    73.272 BF2162

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map