Scientific name: Macrothylacia rubi
May - June. Britain and north and west Ireland. Large brown moth found on heathland, downland and coastal grassland.
This moth is named after its colouration; males are usually foxy-red/brown and females grey-brown. However, moths from cooler upland areas tend to be darker and less red than those from southern areas. Females are larger with considerably longer forewings and lack the feathered antennae of the males. This moth can be distinguished from similar species by the absence of a central white spot on the forewing. The male flies rapidly on sunny afternoons just above the ground searching for females which are nocturnal.
Size and Family
- Family – Eggars (Lasiocampids)
- Large Sized
- UK BAP: Not listed
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
Heathers, Bilberry and Creeping Willow on moors and heaths, Bramble and Meadowsweet in wet habitats and Salad Burnet on downland.
- Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
- Widely distributed throughout most of the British Isles except Orkney and Shetland.
Frequents a variety of grassland habitats including moorland, downland, damp meadows, sand dunes and open woodland.