Pale Brindled Beauty - Phigalia pilosaria

Description

Wingspan 35 to 40 mm. The females of this species are completely wingless (apterous), a feature which is often found in moths which emerge in the winter months. The species shows marked melanism, the black form f. monacharia being commoner than the typical form in certain parts.

Habitat

It may be found in a wide variety of habitats, often in areas with trees.

When to see it

The males fly from January to March, searching for the females which have climbed up tree-trunks. They are attracted to light.

Life History

The caterpillars feed in late spring on a number of deciduous trees.

UK Status

Although widespread in Britain it is more common in England and Wales, and scarcer elsewhere. 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)

Reference
70.247 BF1926

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map