Lathronympha strigana

Alt Name
Red Piercer

Wingspan 14-18 mm. A distinctive species with bright orange-rufous forewings and several greyish metallic markings towards the rear of the wing.


It frequents open woodland and similar areas.

When to see it

The adults fly at sunrise and later from dusk onwards. They are on the wing in June and July, sometimes with a second brood in late August/September.

Life History

Feeds on St. John's-wort

UK Status

This moth is fairly common in the south of Britain becoming scarcer further north. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

49.345 BF1219

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map