Frosted Green

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    Frosted Green
  • Frosted Green
    Frosted Green
  • Frosted Green
    Frosted Green
  • Frosted Green
    Frosted Green

Scientific name: Polyploca ridens

Mid-April to mid-May. Found in the southern half of England and most of Wales. A rather distinctive greenish moth with raised tufts on the thorax.

The forewings are marbled with black and white markings. They fly at night and are attracted to light.

The caterpillars can be found from late May to mid-July feeding at night and resting on the underside of a leaf during the day. They overwinter as pupae under moss at the base of a tree in leaf litter or soil.

Size and Family

  • Family – Thyatridae
  • Medium Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 30-34mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Local (only found in some areas)

Caterpillar Food Plants

Pedunculate Oak (Quercus patraea) and Sessile Oak (Quercus robur), possibly also Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris)

Habitat

Well-establish broadleaved woodland with mature trees. Also sometimes oak hedgerows in well wooded areas.

Distribution

  • Countries – England and Wales
  • Locally distributed in southern England north to Lincolnshire. And throughout Wales.