Black Mountain Moth

  • Black Mountain Moth
    Black Mountain Moth

Scientific name: Glacies coracina

June - July. Central and Northern Scotland. Small, brown-black moth that often walks rather than flies. Often found near crowberry and on mountainsides and high moorland

This is an unusual looking moth as both forewings and hindwings are similar in size.  Not easily confused with other species, and the dark central band with a black spot in the middle is distinctive.The male flies in sunshine, but both sexes are often found crawling over rocks and lichens when it is too cold or windy to fly.

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies (Ennomines)
  • Small Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Scarce (Nationally Scarce A)

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants



  • Countries –  Scotland
  • Widespread in the central Scottish Highlands, occurring in the Cairngorms and the Monadhliaths.  Also recorded in Ross-shire, Sutherland and Perthshire


Found on high-altitude mountains and moorlands from 600m and above