Scientific name: Endromis versicolora
April-May. Central and Eastern Scotland. Often found near birch scrub in open areas. The male has feathery antennae. A large moth, both sexes are brown with white markings on the forewings.
This striking moth is similar to no other. There are some differences between males and females; males tend to be smaller and darker overall with predominantly orange-brown hindwings, whereas the females are brownish white.
The male is a strong flier often active in sunshine and overcast conditions from mid-morning to early afternoon. Females fly at dusk but have been found resting on twigs of birch.
Size and Family
- Family – Endromidae
- Large Sized
- UK BAP: Not listed
- Scarce (Nationally Scarce A)
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
Silver Birch and sometimes Downy Birch and Alder.
- Countries – Scotland
- This species used to be more widespread occurring in some southern counties, including Kent, Sussex, Berkshire, East Anglia, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Monmouthsire, but it is now restricted to suitable habitat in the central and eastern Highlands of Scotland, and is known from Perthshire, Inverness-shire, Morayshire, Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire.
Prefers open birch woodland and lightly wooded moorland.