Rannoch Looper

  • Rannoch Looper
    Rannoch Looper

Scientific name: Itame brunneata

June - July. Central Scotland. A small orange-brown moth. Often found near bilberry and cowberry. Frequents native pine and birch woodland with a bilberry ground cover, and sometimes in areas of birch regeneration.

A distinctive small orange-brown moth. Both sexes have darker brownish crosslines on the wings, although the female is usually more strongly marked than the male. The male flies in hot sunshine, or can be disturbed from its foodplant in dull weather.

Size and Family

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

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Priority Species
  • Scarce (Nationally Scarce A)

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), possibly also Cowberry (V. vitis-idaea).

Distribution

  • Countries – Scotland
  • Well distributed, and occasionally found in numbers, in central Scotland. It is found in Perthshire east to Aberdeenshire and north to Ross-shire. A few examples have been found elsewhere in the country, mostly eastern England and south-eastern Scotland, where the species is a presumed immigrant.

Habitat

Frequents clearings in long-established native pine and birch woodland with Bilberry ground cover. Also found in more open areas and in areas of birch regeneration. Prefers a substantial growth of Bilberry. An occasional immigrant, it can occur away from its breeding habitat.