Scalloped Hazel - Odontopera bidentata
Quite a variable species, with individuals ranging from pale brown to almost black, the darker varieties having less obvious markings.
It frequents woodland, heaths and suburban habitats.
There is just one brood, flying in May and June.
Larva feeds on various woody plants, including Hazel, Silver and Downy Birch, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Oak and some coniferous trees, overwintering as a pupa.
The species is moderately common over most of the British Isles. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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