Black-veined Moth

  • Black-veined Moth
    Black-veined Moth
  • Black-veined Moth
    Black-veined Moth
  • Black-veined Moth
    Black-veined Moth
  • Black-veined Moth
    Black-veined Moth

Scientific name: Siona lineata

From late May to early July

Readily disturbed from vegetation by day and nectars in sunshine. Flies from dusk and comes to light

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies ( Ennomines )
  • Small / Medium Sized 
  • Wing Span Range (male to female) - 38-48mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Priority Species
  • Fully protected in Great Britain
  • Red Data Book

Caterpillar Description

Overwinters as a larva, becoming fully fed in May. Pupates within a cocoon attached to blades or stems of grass

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Marjoram (Origanum vulgare), Black Kapweed (Centaurea nigra), Common Brid's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and probably other herbs

Distribution

  • Countries – England
  • Now restricted to a small number of sites in central Kent.
  • Formerly reported from a few other parts of southern England
  • Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Stable

Habitat

Longer-turfed, fairly herb-rich chalk grassland, characterised by the presence of Tor-grass (Brachypodium pinnatum)

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