Scientific name: Macaria carbonaria
April to early June. Flies in sunshine and visits the flowers of moorland plants.
Similar to upland forms of the Common Heath, but that species has central cross-lines which almost meet and the male has more feathery antennae. May also be confused with the Latticed Heath, but this moth has stronger and more defined markings with dark.
Size and Family
- Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies (Ennomines)
- Small Sized
- Wing Span Range (male to female) - 23-25mm
- UK BAP: Priority Species
- Red Data Book
Overwinters as a pupa, the larva feeding from late May to July. Young larvae feed only on the young shoots
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
Bearberry (Arctostaphyllos uva-ursi)
- Countries – Scotland
- Central Scottish Highlands
- Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Declining
Mountains and moorland