Latticed Heath

  • Latticed Heath
    Latticed Heath

Scientific name: Chiasmia clathrata

May - September. Britain and Ireland. A small moth, the wings have latticed effect. Colours vary from yellow to white. Often rests with its wings raised like butterfly. Open habitats, gardens, heathland and chalk grassland.

The wings usually have a netted, or ‘latticed’, appearance, created by dark cross lines and veins on the paler ground colour on the upper and underside of the wings. Rarely, a melanic form can occur.  Similar to the Common Heath and Netted Mountain Moth, but the resting posture of the former, with the wings held flat, should help to distinguish the Latticed Heath from that species. The markings of the Latticed Heath are also generally more defined than either of the other species.

Flies in sunshine and is also readily disturbed from vegetation. Flies after dark. Very occasionally found in large numbers.

Size and Family

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

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Clovers, trefoils and Lucerne.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Widely distributed in southern and central England, west Wales, northern England and southern Scotland, including the smaller Hebridean islands, and Ireland. Also recorded on the Isle of Man and the Channel islands.

Habitat

Found around Lucerne crops, but occurs elsewhere in open ground, including gardens, waste ground, calcareous grassland, fens, open woodland, heathland and moorland.

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