Scientific name: Dyscia fagaria
May - August. England, Scotland, Ireland and north Wales. Occurs on heathland, moorland, bogs and raised mosses. A medium grey moth with two dark cross-lines on the forewing. Usualy found near Heather, Bell Heather and Cross-leaved Heath.
The colour of the wings varies with habitat. Moths in upland areas tend to be whiter and those from heaths and bogs are grey or even brownish. The male is larger and generally paler than the female, but the two dark lines across the forewings separated by a dark dot are diagnostic of this species.
The male can easily be found basking on stones and bare ground including burned areas during the day.
Size and Family
- Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies (Ennomines)
- Medium Sized
- UK BAP: Not listed
- Local (only found in some areas)
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
Heather, Bell Heather and Cross-leaved Heath.
- Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
- Well distributed on Dorset, New Forest and Hampshire heathlands, but infrequent elsewhere in these areas and the rest of the south. Also found in northern Wales, West Midlands, north England, Scotland and Ireland, although having a scattered distribution and not found everywhere.
Occurs on heathland, moorland, bogs and raised mosses, possibly preferring areas with shorter vegetation.