Antler

  • Antler
    Antler

Scientific name: Cerapteryx graminis

July - September. Britain and Ireland. A medium-sized, brown moth with an antler-like mark on the forewing. Found in open grassland habitats.

This distinctive moth is distinguished by its cream, antler-shaped mark which varies in size on the forewing.  Black streaks on the forewing may or may not be present. Males are smaller than females and have feathered antennae.

Flies during the day, especially in the north and more frequently in the morning. Can also be found feeding at flowers such as thistles and ragworts. Also flies at night.

Size and Family

  • Family – Brocades, Quakers and allies (Hadenines)
  • Medium Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Grasses such as Sheep’s Fescue, Mat-grass and Purple Moor-grass. Has also been found on sedges and rushes.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Common throughout Britain and Ireland reaching as far north as Shetland but much less frequent in the Channel Islands

Habitat

Frequents grassland, favouring acid upland pasture, moorland and downland.

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