Little Thorn

  • Little Thorn
    Little Thorn

Scientific name: Cepphis advenaria

May - June. Southern England, Monmouthshire, Yorkshire and southern Ireland. A small yellow-brown moth. Sits butterfly-like, with its wings held partly open over its back.

This moth cannot be mistaken for any other species, due to the combination of its size, colour and wing shape. Flies gently in sunshine and can readily be disturbed from vegetation in dull weather. Also flies from dusk.

Size and Family

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

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Scarce (Nationally Notable B)

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Usually feeds on bilberry, although this is not found at all localities where the moth occurs, so there must also be an alternative foodplant.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Ireland
  • The moth has a restricted distribution, although it can be found in suitable locations in Dorset, the Isle of Wight, south Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex, as well as in Somerset, Gloucestershire, Monmouthsire and Herefordshire. It is scarce elsewhere in southern England and has been recorded north to Derbyshire and Yorkshire in the past. In Ireland it has been found in Cos. Cork, Waterford, Limerick and Tipperary.

Habitat

Inhabits open woodland and sometimes amongst long-established scrub.

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